I get hung up on words, which go into my brain like music worms, those tunes you can't get out of your head. For the last week or so, I've been overusing the word efficacious, meaning more effective and I use it to mean getting the most effectiveness with minimum output.
My wife Carrie pointed out that it's more efficient to use the word "easier." It has fewer syllables and you don't have to stop and define it to most people. In other words, efficacious isn't particularly efficacious.
Her wisdom, however, hit me like water on a duck's feathers. Why? Because I enjoy enunciating the word efficacious. Saying the word makes me feel like my favorite cartoon character, Peabody.
As readers smarter than I have written, the emphasis should be on effectiveness, not efficiency.
No Peabody Award for me today.