Incentivize is not a word.



I’ve just been introduced to impactful’s bastard best-friend, “incentivize”.

Poo, I say.

It’s on my mind because earlier today I heard both impactful and incentivize used in a CBC interview within seconds of each other.

I am by no means a grammar person. In fact, I have no idea what the hell I’m doing, I just trust my gut or if I’m in doubt, I look it up.

BUT hearing or reading these non-words like impactful and incentivize just kills me; the latter which we’ll no doubt hear a zillion times a day until the next fad word comes along. And their “viral” (oops, killed another pixie …) nature makes them even more unbearable. Remember “synergy”?

Now that I have to run away gagging and carrying the burden of nine, maybe ten pixie deaths, I’ll leave you with this: I don’t want to be incentivized anyway and don’t try to incent me either.

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2 Responses to “Incentivize is not a word.”

  1. Uncle GoGo says:

    If only we could figure out how to monitize the killing of these here Pixies!

  2. Jen says:

    Business. The same world that brought you all the sports metaphors, too (going the extra mile, the long shot, the Hail Mary, etc etc)Gah.