Driftglass has a list of “some expressions to be put down like sick dogs in 2010“. My favorite:
“Impactful” — The go-to word for illiterate executives who dare not admit that they made it all the way into a corner office with ever learning the difference between “affect” and “effect”.
Thank you! I hate the misuse of the word “impact” when people actually mean “affect.” If I taunt you, I am affecting you. If I punch you in the head (for misusing the word impact), I (or, more accurately, my fist) am impacting you.
I’m not sure this misuse has as much to do with illiteracy, as it does that business types like to use Manly, Big Swinging Cock words.
Either way, I hope driftglass is right. Now, as the kids say, go read the whole thing.