Friday, June 16, 2006

I stand corrected.

In response to my language rant, Parkdalian responds:
At the risk of being a quibbler I feel I must point out that orientated is indeed a word.

Being a librarian, of course I checked. Ask Oxford provided the answer:
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the correct spelling: 'oriented' or 'orientated'?

It really doesn't matter: it's a matter of personal taste. Orientated is currently preferred use in general British use. Oriented is prevalent in technical use, and in the US.

I stand corrected. I guess this makes me a true American. ; )


Anonymous Liz said...

For people who claim to speak the purest form of our language, those Brits do have some funny ways of going about it. During my junior year abroad I got both orientated and warned not to get "pressurized" into going on too many pub crawls. I guess one of our American traits is not having time for those pesky extra syllables. I'm enjoying your blog!

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