is it oriented or orientated? - page 7

what words do you hear consistently mispronounced.....my pet peeve is when people wish to say oriented, as in alert and oriented, and they actually say orientated....where are they getting the extra... Read More

  1. by   bungies
    Sorry in advance - getting on my soapbox. :imbar
    Better be careful being prescriptive - if you ever study comparative linguistics (which I did for some reason...) you'd learn that:

    Oldseimers - actually correct pronunciation of an originally German name

    et instead of ate or eaten: not actually incorrect - it's a different pronunciation of ate (still spelt "ate").

    Orientated = oriented; slight difference in nuance but both correct in the context

    Axed /"arxed" instead of asked: arxed was used throughout England except for a very small group of the population that just happened to be wealthy people living around the London area. When English was standardised (around King James time, I think) the people with the prestige decided that everything they said was right, and everything different was wrong.

    That goes for most "right/wrong" arguments, I think. (In language & spelling, anyway...)

    Doesn't stop me getting annoyed either.
    Last edit by bungies on Apr 20, '03
  2. by   eclipsenwa
    One business woman I know has horrible pronunciation. One that really annoys me is "caution"............she says "coition"..........sets my teeth on edge.
  3. by   Hardknox
    For those getting a good laugh at GWB's pronunciation of nuclear and Laura's lack of correcting him may I present from Webster's On-line dictionary:

    Main Entry: nu-cle-ar
    Pronunciation: 'n-klE-&r, 'ny-, -ky&-l&r
    Function: adjective
    Date: 1846
    1 : of, relating to, or constituting a nucleus
    2 a : of or relating to the atomic nucleus <nuclear reaction> <nuclear physics> b : used in or produced by a nuclear reaction (as fission) <nuclear fuel> <nuclear waste> <nuclear energy> c (1) : being a weapon whose destructive power derives from an uncontrolled nuclear reaction (2) : of, produced by, or involving nuclear weapons <the nuclear age> <nuclear war> (3) : armed with nuclear weapons <nuclear powers> d : of, relating to, or powered by nuclear energy <a nuclear submarine> <the nuclear debate> <a nuclear plant>
    usage Though disapproved of by many, pronunciations ending in \-ky&-l&r\ have been found in widespread use among educated speakers including scientists, lawyers, professors, congressmen, U.S. cabinet members, and at least one U.S. president and one vice president. While most common in the U.S., these pronunciations have also been heard from British and Canadian speakers.


    So evidentally his pronunciation is accepted, though not to your liking.
  4. by   AHarri66
    I cringe when I hear "orientated" and "nu-cu-lar". "O2 stat" gets me, too.
    As for "um-bi-LI-cus" (long I), it's the preferred pronunciation in my three dictionaries, with "um-bi-li-CUS" second.
    Another one that really gets me rolling is "for free." You don't get anything "for free," it's either "free" or "for nothing." I've even seen print ads with this in it...who proofreads these things???
  5. by   jadednurse
    How about "cardeeazem" drip instead of "cardizem" drip? Hear that one alot!
  6. by   huckfinn
    Graph vs. Graft
    You can chart statistical information on a GRAPH.
    You can GRAFT tissue to your body.
  7. by   Agnus
    Originally posted by pdmt
    How about "fair-nix" instead of pharynx and "lair-nix" instead of larynx. And then there's always the asthma "exasperation".
    Hey I say it like that. I wonder if it is a regional thing. I originate from the NY VT border.
  8. by   Agnus
    Originally posted by mamabear
    One that really irkes me: DOO-co-lax instead of DULL-co-lax
    Do people think the manufacturers made a typo, but stuck with it anyway? Or is this just a Chicago-area thing
    yep I say this one too. Must explain why I can't spell. I can't talk.
  9. by   Agnus
    Originally posted by LeesieBug
    Ammonia instead of pneumonia.....ugh

    As far as the Alzheimer's thing, I rencently heard someone in class refer to it as Oldsheimer's. That was a new one for me!

    Pitcher instead of picture also makes me batty.
    I've heard oldtimers, a lot.
  10. by   Chaundra
    In school, our anatomy prof always used to say to is "It's not rocket surgery"

    It drove me nuts, I wanted to yell at him "It's rocket science or brain surgery you turkey, pick one"

    I also had a guy that was too sore to sit tell me that he had a pulmonary cyst on his tailbone.
  11. by   gwenith
    Originally posted by LilgirlRN
    diarrhear?
    or Dire rear!
  12. by   Flynurse
    Has anyone posted this???

    INITIATED pronounced:
    i-NEESH-iated.

    Uh....okay. If you say so?

  13. by   ValWai
    9. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth:and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
    Oh, it's LORD's idea. Genesis Chapter 11 V1-9. Tower of Babel.

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