A stupid, bone-headed mistake like this one on yahoo.com can affect the way a reader views the website:
Yup, it sure does. Seeing an incorrect word like effects affects people differently. When it’s accompanied by a misspelled name, I just shrug my shoulders. After all, this is Yahoo! Shine and I’ve come to expect mistakes like that:
It’s no surprise to me that the writer still can’t remember how to spell Dr. LaRocca’s name or that well-being needs a hyphen. What is shocking is people with multiple sclerosis are exercising entire battalions. I think that an exercise regimen would be sufficient:
Misspelling a well-known name like Peyton Manning will directly affect your credibility, especially if you’re supposedly an expert in football, like the folks at Yahoo! Sports:
Using the wrong word can have a negative effect on your readers. Using the verb affect when the noun effect is called for can affect your credibility. It makes me wonder who could respect the writer for Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally” after reading this:
Using the wrong word in your writing can have a negative effect on your readers. If you use affect, when you should use effect, you look as careless and/or illiterate as the writer for Yahoo! News‘ “Who Knew”:
Using the wrong word can affect the impression your writing makes on your readers, and the effect is not good.
If you’re like the writer for Yahoo! Shine and don’t know the difference between effect (a noun) and affect (a verb), consult a dictionary. Or most high school graduates.