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."