I checked "functionality" on www.dictionary.com and it's there. It was found in the American Heritage Dictionary, third edition. The often used word that is not a "real" word that I cannot stand hearing is "irregardless". Cheers John -----Original Message----- From: thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of aardvark Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2000 11:19 AM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: RE: [thelist] OT (verbage) > -----Original Message----- > From: Madhu Menon > > What REALLY bugs me is that the word "impact" is > used as a verb all over > the bloody place. E.g., "E-business has impacted > companies in a way that nothing else ever has." > > Darn it, "Impact" is a noun, *not* a verb. > Something can have an impact, > but it cannot be "impacted". actually, it *is* a verb as well... according to my 1997 Webster's Universal College Dictionary... - v.t. #5. to drive or press closely or firmly into something #6. to fill up; congest #7. to collide with #8. to have an impact or effect on; influence - v.i. #9. to make contact forcefully #10. to have an impact granted, it is often over-used, or even falls into the role of a malapropism when folks don't know what they're saying but do know buzzwords, but it is still a verb... there are better ways to say most things that use 'impact' as a verb... btw, my pet-peeve: functionality if anyone can find that in a dictionary, let me know... at my last job *everyone* used it, but the best i could come up with as an alternative was 'function' or 'functional capability' along with some other variations... --------------------------------------- For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !