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

Elizabeth ladylyzbeth at gmail.com
Tue Jul 6 18:49:36 BST 2021


I remember talking to a woman about her mother. She told me they had to
'facilitize' her. I had to think about that and then fight the laughter.

~~~ *Elizabeth W        *Worrying about something that may never happen is
like paying interest on money you may never borrow.


On Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 1:33 PM Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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:
>
> >
> >
> > ------ Original Message ------
> > From: "Fred" <fred.fredex at gmail.com>
> > To: "Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold."
> > <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
> > Bcc: fishman at panix.com
> > Sent: 7/6/2021 11:15:22 AM
> > 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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