One of the speakers at the conference I’m attending made this statement:
“[such and such] can have an existential effect on things.”
I honestly believe she meant to say,
“[such and such] can have an exponential effect on things.”
One word, two very different meanings:
Of pertaining to or characteristic of existentialism (a philosophical attitude associated especially with heidegger jaspers marcel and sartre and opposed to rationalism and empiricism that stresses the individual’s unique position as a self-determining agent responsible for the authenticity of his or her choices.)
– or –
The constant raised to the power equal to a given expression.
…then again, maybe she meant to say existential?