Thursday, April 03, 2014

rubber meets the road.


The big makeup rage is neutrals.

When I scanned the countryside this morning I thought...
oh look at all the neutrals...

(thank you katie for keeping me current)

Last night, Katie yelled to me from the kitchen where she was doing her homework,
"What is the difference between effect and affect?"

I said, "mummblebumblemumblebumble".

And then I said, "I will look it up because in my whole life I am sure I have never used the word 'affect'.  I have heard the word but have never typed it before."

This means either I have used 'effect' incorrectly all my life OR I don't talk like know...using words like affect.

I found the answer in my trusty Warriner's English Grammar and Composition. (classic)

I'm won't type the answer out...if you are at all curious follow the link;


Well.  After reading that  I'm sure I have used 'affect' incorrectly.
But I'm not sure anyone noticed.

And don't make me try to write a sentence using the word.
(How about I challange YOU to caption the above picture using effect or affect in the title.)

OY.  Rubber meets the road and all that.

Lots of love,
Your local late bloomer

aka: rubber meats the road


  1. I will take the challenge:

    Your dramatic photograph affected me greatly; the effect of the tones in the clouds and landscape are thrilling and sobering all at once.


    Bottom line: I love this photo :-)

  2. When I was younger, we'd use the phrase, "boy, she sure is affected" to mean that someone was goofy or weird in some way. Like what you'd call a "Valley Girl." This always helped me to know the difference between effect and affect. Ha ha...

  3. Anonymous10:16 AM

    Mother Nature's prolonged winter affects my attitude and the effect is not pleasant! (How was that?)

  4. Anonymous11:35 AM

    I think Pioneer Woman covered this.

    1. Oh well. I didn't see it.... Who pays attention to grammar... Hehe...
      Not me :op

    2. I don't read the School Marm posts by PW - I stick to the recipes and the Movie Quizes! I don't pay near enough attention to grammar ... which is one of the many reasons I am crumby at speaking German!! :-P

  5. Anonymous11:51 AM

    To complicate things further, I type medical transcription and affect, which is normally a verb, can become a noun. Definition- "An outward, observable manifestation of a person's feelings or emotions." An example would be, "Mrs. Brown has a flat affect today", describing a patient with little facial expression who is dealing with depression or anxiety. And then, of course, there are the "side effects" of medications. The English language is so complex!

    Debbie Z.

  6. That's interesting! Do you see it written incorrectly often? I would imagine so.

    1. We use 'flat affect' all the time. But when we do, it's AF-fect as a noun, right? As opposed to

    2. I'm afFECted financially when I lose my job.. The efFECT is that I'm poor!

    3. Anonymous9:18 PM

      Yes, Stephanie, exactly. I love how you explained the pronunciation difference. I was going to try to explain it in my note above but couldn't come up a good way to do it.

      Debbie Z.

  7. Anonymous12:14 PM


    another late bloomer.....
    Sarah P. from Iowa

  8. I'm with you on this one, Donna. I have read the explanations but they have no long-term effect on me. Mental block. So we avoid it, precious.

  9. Anonymous1:26 PM

    It was Effective of you to challenge us to come up with a caption and, given my lack of competitive nature, this challenge has not Affected me that much. I would rather gaze at the pretty picture without having to think. :)

    Mary Z

  10. Nurses comment on Affect all the time in our notes. A patient's affect is of note in many situations , social workers always comment on the affect of a patient. IS it bright, engaging, withdrawn, depressed etc. :) I knew the answer for once. Is there a prize Ms Boo?

  11. Inspired bloggers affect change by encouraging others to find the peace in their lives through the quiet beauty that God so effectively unveils to us each day.


  12. Going by Kathy's definition I could say that my affect is one of depression which is the effect of more and more snow when it should be spring! You are very fortunate, Donna, to be on the receiving end of harmless moving clouds.

    Tammy ~@~

  13. Fun comments today. I use the term affect as a noun much more often than as a verb. I appreciate Stephie's explanation, but I wonder if it will just tumble out of my well aerated brain like so many grammar thingy bobs. Marriage with an English teacher only goes so far.

    And...GORGEOUS neutrals in your pic. Very Andrew Wyeth.


  14. the effects of the fervent prayer of a righteous man affected much the lives of the congregation ~

    transliteration of James 5:16b

    yes, dynamic photo! and agree with Di that it has an "Andrew Wyeth" feel

  15. Ashley R.7:36 PM

    Different editing effects affect a photo in different ways. In this case, the effect is a dark, brooding photo, which might affect the viewer's mood and understanding of the landscape.


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