A&O - orientated or oriented?

  1. 0 How do you say / write your level of orientation? This is one of those things that's been on my mind... and the dictionaries appear to be OK with either.

    Oriented or orientated?
    Reoriented or reorientated?

    I'm just curious - not sure if it's a regional thing or a personal preference.

    Thanks!
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    About mom2cka, MSN, APRN, NP

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  4. Visit  BluegrassRN profile page
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    i know the dictionary says either is okay, but i think that "orientated" sounds completely stupid and uneducated, like someone is making up a word in order to sound smart. i want to cringe any time i hear someone say it. my husband teaches languages and has an english degree, and he says orientated may be technically correct, but he would count it as incorrect in an essay.

    use what you want, or what it appears everyone around you uses. either is okay, apparently, but how often do you hear the physicians use the word "orientated"? how often do you hear "orientated" used vs "oriented" in edited or educated language, either written or spoken?

    edited to add:

    this is what wikipedia's dictionary has to say about orientate:

    etymology
    orient +‎ -ate
    [edit] verb

    infinitive
    to orientate
    third person singular
    orientates
    simple past
    orientated
    past participle
    orientated
    present participle
    orientating

    to orientate (third-person singular simple present orientates, present participle orientating, simple past and past participle orientated)
    1. <li sizcache="0" sizset="4">(british) (transitive) to determine one's position relative to the surroundings; to orient
      • he…stood for a moment, orientating himself exactly in the light of his knowledge.
      john le carr
      • he came out of the station and took some time to orientate himself.
    2. (british) (intransitive) to turn to face the east
    [edit] usage notes

    the term is in wide colloquial use in the uk, although the oxford english dictionary does not define it, simply stating that it is another form of orient.[1] it is widely considered an error in american english.[2] prescriptivists criticize it as a backformation from orientation (compare interpretate from interpretation);[3][4] it is attested since the mid-19th century.
    [edit] synonyms

    pers, netglow, Virgo_RN, and 10 others like this.
  5. Visit  jmtndl profile page
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    There is no such word as "orientated". There never has been. It has always sounded so odd to me to hear nurses say a patient is "orientated" or a nurse is being "Orientated". There is "orientation", which is a state of being "oriented",or a program designed to familiarize people to an organization's way of doing things. The pronounciation is "orey-in-ted". I have never figured out why everyone says "orientated".
    netglow, wooh, and chelynn like this.
  6. Visit  showbizrn profile page
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    according to webster,
    the verbs orient and orientate are synonymous. :d
    Otessa likes this.
  7. Visit  mc3 profile page
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    Yup, drives me nuts, too. So does "disrespected" " as in "I was disrespected" versus "disrespectful" as in "she is disrespectful to her elders". Don't know why, it just bugs me...
    mc3
    Last edit by mc3 on Dec 27, '09 : Reason: typo!
  8. Visit  roser13 profile page
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    Orientate was not an actual word until it became so widely (mis)used that it was adopted by the various powers-that-be.

    To me, it's in the same category of butchering the English language as irregardless.
  9. Visit  FLMom3 profile page
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    I agree, "orientated" sounds stupid, please don't use it!
  10. Visit  Midwest4me profile page
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    Quote from flmom3
    i agree, "orientated" sounds stupid, please don't use it!

    i, too, agree that it is stupid. thankfully, i hear it less now than in the past.
  11. Visit  Otessa profile page
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    oriented

    it used to bother me when people said "orientated"
  12. Visit  Otessa profile page
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    Also, orientate's description is "to orientate" as in orientating a new nurse NOT for alert and oriented patient.....
    november17 likes this.
  13. Visit  Otessa profile page
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    Quote from jmtndl
    There is no such word as "orientated". There never has been. It has always sounded so odd to me to hear nurses say a patient is "orientated" or a nurse is being "Orientated". There is "orientation", which is a state of being "oriented",or a program designed to familiarize people to an organization's way of doing things. The pronounciation is "orey-in-ted". I have never figured out why everyone says "orientated".
    orientate

    orientated

    indeed ARE words

    but are commonly used incorrectly

    check out dictionary.com
  14. Visit  roser13 profile page
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    "Also, orientate's description is "to orientate" as in orientating a new nurse NOT for alert and oriented patient..... "

    Please, no. Just use the word "orient." It is the technically correct verb.
  15. Visit  greenbeanio profile page
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    Quote from roser13
    Orientate was not an actual word until it became so widely (mis)used that it was adopted by the various powers-that-be.

    To me, it's in the same category of butchering the English language as irregardless.
    "irregardless" Ugh. Yep, if enough ignoramuses misuse a word, even the powers that be have to acknowledge its existence. Like George Bush and his "war on terror" instead of on "terrorism".

    Yeah, don't say "orientate". Please.
    Last edit by rn/writer on Dec 27, '09 : Reason: Removed potentially divisive comment.


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