Monday, April 14, 2008

Grammar Monday: Cause and Effect

My husband brought to my attention the frequent misuse of the words affect and effect. This is an easy one! Well, if you know the difference between a noun and a verb, that is.

The word affect is nearly always a verb, while the word effect is nearly always a noun. In fact, if you are one who struggles with knowing which one to use, I highly doubt you would have occasion to use the less common forms, so for our purposes we will ignore that there is an alternate meaning for either word at all. Affect is a verb. Effect is a noun. I will now demonstrate correct usage of both words by telling you a little story about the time I came home from Pakistan with a raging infestation of head lice.

The effect of using too much head lice shampoo was chemical burn on my scalp. My mom hoped the effect of all those treatments would be the complete eradication of scalp-eating insects, and it was. The means by which we eventually reached the undesirable effect of major dandruff, while at the same time reaching the desired effect of insect death, is that my mom was afraid that the first two treatments wouldn't affect the eggs enough in order to kill them, so we went in for round three. In fact, the initial treatment did not affect the bugs as much as we had hoped at all, which is where the problem started. They only seemed a little tipsy when they fell off my head onto the towel. As tipsiness in lice was not the effect we were going for, my dad was called in to do a second shampoo rub-in, which we hoped would affect them a little more drastically. The desired effect was reached, as the head lice that were then falling off were completely, stone-cold dead. Deceased. We saw nary a live bug for the next two weeks, but my mom was a little nervous that the shampoo's effects lasting, so she requested that we do one final treatment just to be sure. We did it, and the effect was large bits of my skin coming off. Did it affect the eggs, or were they dead already? We will never know. But it sure makes for a good story...


Stephen Tvedten said...

You can safely and effectively kill lice with salt water or a sauna - learn how to kill lice without killing yourself or the earth......

The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitas) (DeGeer), the body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus) (Linnaeus) and the crab louse (Pthirus pubis) (Linnaeus) all occur on humans. All three cause considerable skin irritation as they feed on human blood or crawl on the body.

Human lice can establish and maintain themselves only on humans. A louse cannot hop or jump. They can, however, crawl fast. They are usually transmitted only through close personal contact. They are less frequently transmitted through the sharing of personal articles or toilet seats. For head lice, this includes combs, brushes and other grooming aids, hats, headbands, helmets, caps, headrests, wigs, curlers or other headgear, especially when these items are stored in shared lockers. They spread or infest by crawling, they live by biting and sucking blood from the scalp and can survive for up to 48 hours off a human head, and the nits on a hair shaft can survive from 4 - 10 days - so vacuum thoroughly and/or spray/clean with diluted Safe Solutions, Inc. Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint.

Important Note: Pediculicide POISONS do not remove nits and are dangerous. Among the reactions to poison shampoo or lice "treatments" are seizures, mental retardation, many different allergies and respiratory problems, strange tingling, burning, itching, attention deficit disorders, brain tumors, leukemia, cancer and death.

I have used a sauna and/or salt water to safely and effectiely kill lice (but the nits remain).

I have also used ½ oz. of Safe Solutions, Inc. Lice R Gone® Enzyme Shampoo and/or their Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint per shampoo-type application to safely remove both lice and nits in a few minutes. These non-poisonous enzyme shampoos make the hair so slick lice and nits can't stick and lice can not live off the body for very long.

If you are still having lice problems, read the latest chapter

marymuses said...

Wow, that's a lot of info. I had lice back in 1992 before there were a lot of safe, earth-friendly alternatives. I know a lot of people use and like Quit Nits, which is probably what I'd get if I were to pick up lice again.

Shiz said...

Awesome. Spammer or someone who just doesn't get it?

marymuses said...

I'm guessing he's not someone who comes here for Grammar Mondays, but his blogs look fairly legit.