I know that I long ago wore you folks out -- my persnickety word concerns seem stupid.
But the world is killing me here.
"Impacted" is not a word. It's an abomination.
And why? Because it kills the utility of the noun.
Nouns are shitty words anyway. Verbs are where it's at
["hey verb, where are you at?" ~~ ** shudder ** ~~ ]
but when you have a noun like impact -- a noun that is allusive -- you've got to respect the little bastard.
When the "impact" of something is intended to evoke an "effect like a striking" you've got a powerful little noun.
It already got all kindsa fucked when it got overused, becoming synonymous with the noun "effect."
But to now be synonymous with "affect" -- cripes, we've killed the word.
I hate life.
We'll move on to the verb "to gift" as soon as I load up this revolver . . . .
looking a little further, I learn that modern "usage experts" also seem generally to hate the use of impact as a transitive verb, but that use is not brand-spankin' new. Although some dictionaries note that it's now standard.
So I'm gonna base my revulsion not on the "wrongness" of it, but on the wastefulness of it. It's totally impacting the strength of impact, man