A&O - orientated or oriented? - page 3
by mom2cka 6,526 Views | 28 Comments
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... Read More
- 2Dec 28, '09 by OtessaQuote from roser13Looked up several reputable areas and both are actually correct, technically. If they are used properly."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.
- 0Dec 28, '09 by sailornurseQuote from roser13To orientate is the description & correct word when one is learning how to use a compass & is called "orientation."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.
It is also used as in "sexual orientation."
It is the problem of knowing when it is an adjective and when it is a verb.
Similar issues with nauseous & nauseated. Both are English words, just not used appropriately in many cases.
- 1Dec 28, '09 by freefalr"...so when i orientate a new member of staff i am not butchering the english language at all, because where i live (in britain) that is the correct term to use, however if i oriented them here i may indeed be accused of butchering the english language."
sharrie, i could listen to british-accented folks say anything, all day. & it's my favorite accent to try to imitate on stage...last did it for "noises off!"
no matter what is said, if it's said in a british accent, to me it always sounds very, very correct!! :spin:
- 0Dec 28, '09 by cherrybreezeQuote from BluegrassRNIt's a little O/T, but I think this is kind of crappy. He may not "like" the word, but if it IS used correctly, how can he "count it as wrong?" That's unfair to his students, to not know how or why something would be marked "wrong" that isn't. IMO.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.
- 2Dec 28, '09 by greenbeanioQuote from sharrieOops! Duly humbled! Thanks, Sharrie, and glad you chose to giggle instead of get annoyed!As a Brit this post made me giggle a little
As R/N writer so beautifully posted earlier in the UK and many other countries orientated is the correct word, I have never heard oriented used here and it would sound so very very wrong to me, ...
So although it's not used in your country or region does not mean that it is incorrect.
- 0Dec 29, '09 by BluegrassRNQuote from cherrybreezeIt's technically correct to write an essay of three-word sentences (noun-verb-adjective), with the 5 paragraph format of "tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them the info in three paragraphs, and tell them what you told them" grade school format, but stylistically it is lacking. He would not be grading on the basics of a language, but rather on style and nuance.It's a little O/T, but I think this is kind of crappy. He may not "like" the word, but if it IS used correctly, how can he "count it as wrong?" That's unfair to his students, to not know how or why something would be marked "wrong" that isn't. IMO.
However, this is moot, as it was merely conjecture. He does not teach the English language, and there will be no grading on orient vs orientate.
Completely off-topic and irrelevant to the thread, of course. My apologies.
- 0Jul 12, '10 by emlorraineRNHi, another Brit here! We never ever use the "oriented" version (we'd get some funny looks if we did!). Always "the patient was alert and orientated", or "we orientated the patient to the ward" etc.
Similarly, we used to get ripped to pieces by our lecturer if we dared use American English spellings such as "color", "favorite" etc. She used to boom at us "We are not in America"!!!!!!! When in Rome.....