4. Psychology. feeling or emotion.
5. Psychiatry. an expressed or observed emotional response: Restricted, flat, or blunted affect may be a symptom of mental illness, especially schizophrenia.
6. Obsolete. affection; passion; sensation; inclination; inward disposition or feeling.
from washington state university (take note of the third listing please.)
There are five distinct words here. When â€œaffectâ€ is accented on the final syllable (a-FECT), it is usually a verb meaning â€œhave an influence onâ€: â€œThe million-dollar donation from the industrialist did not affect my vote against the Clean Air Act.â€
Occasionally a pretentious person is said to affect an artificial air of sophistication. Speaking with a borrowed French accent or ostentatiously wearing a large diamond ear stud might be an affectation. In this sort of context, â€œaffectâ€ means â€œto make a display of or deliberately cultivate.â€
Another unusual meaning is indicated when the word is accented on the first syllable (AFF-ect), meaning â€œemotion.â€ In this case the word is used mostly by psychiatrists and social scientistsâ€” people who normally know how to spell it.
The real problem arises when people confuse the first spelling with the second: â€œeffect.â€ This too can be two different words. The more common one is a noun: â€œWhen I left the stove on, the effect was that the house filled with smoke.â€ When you affect a situation, you have an effect on it.
The less common is a verb meaning â€œto createâ€: â€œIâ€™m trying to effect a change in the way we purchase widgets.â€ No wonder people are confused. Note especially that the proper expression is not â€œtake affectâ€ but â€œtake effectâ€â€”become effective. Hey, nobody ever said English was logical: just memorize it and get on with your life.
The stuff in your purse? Your personal effects.
so you see tracijo67 if you are using it as a noun (pronunciation aside) then your affect (feeling or emotion) for effect (achieve a result) is STILL inconsistent and lacking and thereby unbelievable. as for backing away? i don't think so. my dignity is hardly EFFECTED by some corporate shill named tracijo, (with an i no e!) and your friends stefany, brytani, and chyrish. yes i am a writer, as for my grammar and spelling well i am sorry but after being run over by a car and left with a brain injury my spelling and grammar have suffered, fortunately not my intelligence or creativity. i have great editors who take care of the spelling and grammar for me and i checked with them and they agreed. your writing "style" (affect, effect and all) is unbelievable. perhaps if you had an editor they would have informed you of this.