Friday, April 06, 2018

Hated words

My old favourite remains, oriented v. orientated, or disoriented against disorientated. Why extend the word? If you are trying to paint yourself as speaking better than your basic social standing by using the longer words, it is a fail for me and I think less of you.

But why say passed on or passed over when someone is dead or has died? Your father passed on? Why not just say your father died?

Gifted. No, I simply will not wear that your child is gifted. He or she may be instinctively clever, but that is not gifted. People can be smart in many areas. Some are

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  1. I am definitely with you on passed. Or passed over. Bleah.
    I hadn't thought about gifted before - but you have a point.

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  2. EC, it is unfortunate that it has caught on here.

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  3. As far as I'm concerned dad dead and the kid is most likely a pain.
    Merle......

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  4. I agree with you, oriented and disoriented. My old dictionary contains neither word, but does have orientate and orientation. Does this mean the words are made up? They're so common.
    My dad is definitely dead, not passed on or over.

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    1. River, I am pleased to know your dictionary doesn't have one of them, at least. Orientation can be used in some contexts. We plain speaking people seem to be a dying breed.

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  5. I think people say passed away or passed on because died or dead seems too harsh and final maybe.

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    1. Strayer, it was not heard much here in the past, but it has infiltrated our speech now.

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