Quiz #28 focused on one of Dr. John’s pet peeves: Made-up words. “Impactful” isn’t a word. “Impact” can be a noun, as in “the artillery shell’s impact was felt . . .” It can be used as a verb (transitive) as in, “The bad review impacted my ability to find a publisher.” However, “impactful” is a made-up buzzword. Get it out of your writing.
Note: When you’re temped to use “impact” as a verb, use “affect” instead.
Dr. John’s Grammar Quiz #29. Can you spot the glaring grammatical error in this sentence? “After three corn dogs with hot mustard and four rides on the Ferris wheel, he was beginning to feel nauseous.”