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Letter: Effect, affect

The photo caption heading Sarah Palermo’s Feb. 16 column (“Our mail is a mixed bag,” Sunday Monitor “Your Life” page) refers to the “affects” of gluten on people’s lives. Whoever wrote that needs to join the unfortunately large number of people who, apparently unable to distinguish “affect” and “effect,” verbify “impact.”

True, “verbify isn’t a word, but it serves an honest need.

TOM FIELD

Franklin

Effect/affect has always been a tough one for most people to get right. With no proofreaders in the media business anymore, these things happen regularly.

great letter...btw..this isnt me.

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