The Internet is filled with lists of misused words, but I found this one from Inc.com especially post-worthy.

I rarely use “whom” when I should. Even when spell check suggests “whom,” I think it sounds pretentious. So I don’t use it.

And I’m sure some people then think, “What a bozo.”

And that’s a problem, because just like that one misspelled word that gets a resumé tossed into the “nope” pile, using one wrong word can negatively impact your entire message.

Fair or unfair, it happens.

The author is right. People do judge you for grammar mistakes and misspellings, and Inc.’s article lists some of the biggest culprits (adverse/averse, elicit/illicit, and insure/ensure, to name a few). Check it out to find which ones you may be using incorrectly and follow the tips for how to remember the correct usage.

But why did I find this particular list worthy of a link?

Well, like many other lists, affect and effect are included among the most frequently misused words. But unlike so many lists, the author didn’t provide the oversimplified (and incorrect) explanation that affect is always a verb and effect a noun. (Yes, I do judge people who make that mistake.)

The truth is, both words can be used as either a noun or a verb. I personally love using effect as a verb (definition: to accomplish something). I hope Inc.’s article helps to effect change in people’s understanding of the two words!

For more on the correct use of affect, effect, and 28 other words, read the article or visit your local dictionary.