Just saw this in the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Question: Now I am seeing “reticent” and “reluctant” confused with each other, a development that makes me shiver and remember when “impact” became a bad verb, which it still is. Do you think public shaming via, say, a raucous outpouring of tweets would stem the tide of ignorant folly before it overwhelms and drowns us all in a tsunami of inanity?
I love that. Very funny.
Of course, now I’m wondering whether I myself perceive a difference between reticent and reluctant.
Answer: not really.
Fully agree that impact’s ascent to verb status was a bad development.