[LMB] people's use of language is funny (for some values of funny)

Harvey Fishman fishman at panix.com
Tue Jul 6 16:44:13 BST 2021



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From: "Fred" <fred.fredex at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold." 
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Subject: Re: [LMB] people's use of language is funny (for some values of 
funny)

>(ok, they still bug me such as using “orientated” instead of “oriented”)
>
>I recently read a large-ish SF book in which orientated was used in every
>place where oriented would be more proper. also several other words that
>aren't exactly words, but my memory being what it is I can't remember what
>they were. and, some consistent misspellings.
>
>the author gave profuse thanks to all the people who helped, including beta
>readers and his editor. I had been thinking that he hadn't had a good
>editor, based on all those problems, but maybe the editor didn't actually
>read it. or maybe he merely thinks that orientated is correct and overrode
>them.
Orientate is in the OED but it means to point in a given direction, but 
it gives a similar definition to orient.

Harvey
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