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

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Tue Jul 6 18:22:56 BST 2021


To quote Calvin in *Calvin and Hobbes*:  "Verbing weirds language."

On Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 10:53 AM Harvey Fishman <fishman at panix.com> wrote:

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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
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> >(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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