Please note -
The word ‘desire’ alludes to ‘want’. A ‘desired effect’ is an effect successfully caused on another. For example - if someone did something to another in an attempt to get them to weep - and that person then ‘curled up in a ball and wept’ - then that would be a ‘desired effect.’ Their aim was to attempt to make one cry and they succeeded. DESIRED.
This is very different to a REQUIRED effect.
‘Require’ is something that is needed for a particular purpose, generally for something else in order to take place. For example - cooking a loaf of bread requires an oven. Weeping requires tear ducts. Generally, ‘required’ cannot be used as an outcome.
Take this example:
‘just curling up in a ball and sobbing now…… which is exactly the required effect…. congratulations….’
I assume that reading this, the author is trying to make a bold statement - someone has done something to hurt them deliberately and it in turn has made them cry.
Now, ignoring the lack of correct punctuation (capital letters are apparently none existent, and elipsis - … - can apparently be any number of full stops) and putting aside the complex issue of typing such a hurt and heartfelt message for the world to read while sobbing and curled into a ball (might difficult, as I’m sure your hands would be tucked into your body or wrapped around your legs to create the desired ‘ball’ effect?) the author has CLEARLY mixed up ‘desired’ and ‘required’. To correct -
‘Just curling up in a ball and sobbing now…which is exactly the DESIRED effect… congratulations…’
You see here how desire is used correctly, and require is no-where to be found? I am sure that curling up into the ball and weeping was not required by anyone - as I’m sure that
a) no-one really cares and
b) if anyone did - they would have posted said message anyway. You see it was posted before your tears were shed and your body curled (do you have a spare set of hands?) I assume it was done in an attempt to MAKE you weep. Thus, it was desired by the original poster, not required by them.
If making sad, public and ‘emo’ pleas for attention, please at least use the English language correctly. Most can’t stand such drivel even when grammatically accurate - never mind when written like a 4 year old child.
Jennifer Lawrence for NY times.