Techno-talk

Why do students always have to be “impacted” by potential change? Why can’t they be “affected” as they used to be? Is something hitting them or something?

And while I’m on the subject, why do we have to be dehydrated? Didn’t we used to be thirsty?

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3 thoughts on “Techno-talk

  1. You probably think I can only be impacted, not affected, because I’m plastic, but you’re wrong! Every day I’m disappointed — Charles is too — when the promised Andy show doesn’t appear. But then, you weren’t too keen on honesty at Pomona, were you?

  2. Yeah, I gave up on the impact-as-a-verb battle a few years ago. I won’t use it, but I’ve stopped flinching, mostly.

    But “dehydrated” and “thirsty” are different things, regardless of how sloppily people use them. “Thirsty” is desiring to drink liquid; “dehydrated” is a certain percentage of cells in the body having lost a certain percentage of their water. (Don’t know the percentages, but I’ve seen the formal definition. And it is much more articulate than my version, in case you’re wondering.)

  3. Yeah. But I think my students always say “dehydrated.” (Of course I also think they say “post traumatic stress disorder” when they mean grief, and those things technically ought to be different too.

    I’m on it Andy.

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