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'Impacted' in collision with normal English
[6 Sept 2013] The unstoppable march of ‘impacted’ marches on unstoppably, it seems, replacing ‘affected’ in much corporate speech. The Guardian recounts the story of nine people who went for a job interview at electrical retailer Currys, only to be forced to show the management team their potential as back-office staff by dancing to rap music.
Embarrassed, and peeved at not getting the job, one of the interviewees shopped Currys to the media. Currys said: ‘We are investigating the store member who held the recruitment session. We are extremely sorry to those interviewees impacted.’