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Saturday, March 31, 2007


I haven't read the Harry Potter series yet (I know, and I call myself a nerd) but I heard that J. K. Rowling uses the word "disorientated" in her writings. I've heard a lot of people using that word and I have to bite my tongue to refrain from correcting them. So the next time you use "disorientated", consider the following, explained by basic English grammar rules:

Original word: orient
Prefix signifying opposite meaning: dis
Suffix for past tense: ed
New word: disoriented


Blogger Shane said...

here's an interesting stat, of those pages indexed by Google, disorientated appears 399k times and disoriented 2.7m times. In otherwords, disorientated is used approximately 12.8% of the time, rather high if you ask me.

April 1, 2007 at 4:16 p.m.


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