I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...
- Jul 19, 2004
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- Out of Bounds
"Impact" originated as a verb in the early 17th century, and it wasn't used as a noun until the late 18th century.The worst noun as verb is "impact", it's everywhere now, why didn't someone stop it before it was too late?!
c. 1600, "press closely into something," from Latin impactus, past participle of impingere "to push into, drive into, strike against," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (from PIE root *en "in") + pangere "to fix, fasten" (from PIE root *pag- "to fasten"). Original sense is preserved in impacted teeth. Sense of "strike forcefully against something" first recorded 1916. Figurative sense of "have a forceful effect on" is from 1935. ...
1738, "collision, act of striking against, striking of one thing against another," from impact (v.). Figurative sense of "forceful impression" is from 1817 (Coleridge).