The promising decline, and alarming rise,
of Contact and Impact as verbs

[ also, thank you AOL, Happy 433rd Birthday – Message as Verb, and proof that the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language needs kids; and fewer cliches in Usage Notes ]

I am so proud of my children, and of their entire anti-social, social-media, nose-to-phone, nomophobic generation. Because of you, and your texting and messaging and posting n sht? no one “contacts” anyone anymore. Unless they’re really, really old. But beware: we’re still trying to strike you down, and forcefully. Please, don’t let us impact you.

The promising decline and alarming rise of Contact and Impact as verbs

Thank you, AOL, for arousing messaging

Thank you AOL for resurrecting messaging as verb

And Happy 433rd Birthday, Message as Verb! We are so pleased you survived.

Happy 433rd Birthday, Message as Verb

… as I was saying, the AHD Usage Panel needs kids rightnow-rightnow

American heritage dicitonary usage note on using contact as a verb

Let’s please do See Usage Note at impact, hopefully

American heritage dictionary usage note on using impact as a verb

THANK YOU, Usage Panel of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. The Fires of Hope are bright – for our children, and our children’s children, and our children’s children’s children, et cetera, et cetera, and so forth.

But this is not a musical

it’s a tragedy, when a Usage Note defaults to cliche

what’s a fax again?

American heritage dictionary usage note on using contact as a verb, cliches and anachronism highlighted - via OCD

ah well.

such is life, and life is such, ergo such is such

 

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