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June 02, 2006

You say "Orientated", I say "Oriented"

Every time I hear someone say "orientated" I feel a little twinge of pain. Until today, when I decided to look it up (www.dictionary.com), I was under the impression that orientated was not a word. Apparently, it is. It means the same thing as oriented, which is the real word.

I wasn't impressed when I saw that, but apparently, if you can get any word mentioned in the media often enough, it gets added to a dictionary.

Of course, the word orientated seems to be growing in popularity. I wonder when map and compass users will be going out for orientateering races.

So, why don't I like the word "orientated"? It's like saying "utilized" when "used" will do.

"I utilized my hand to smack myself in the head and suddenly found myself disorientated."

5 comments:

Unknown said...

I find orientated disorienting but I sometime utilise utilise.

Jackie S. Quire said...

I HATE that freaking word. And as a member of the aforementioned media, you have my word that I will NEVER EVER USE IT.

That is all.

Bud Watson-Firth said...
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Meandering Michael said...

Oh, thank you, Jackie! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Meandering Michael said...

Oh, thank you, Jackie! Thank you, thank you, thank you!