Just a short, little post today.
It’s absolutely essential that if we want to develop the best ever language skills that we all join together for a brief moment to eliminate all repetitive redundancy that we hear on a daily basis. Consensus of opinion is that good communication is is one of the basic necessities of a confident person; therefore, a key to person developing better self confidence in himself is learning what’s repetitive and what’s not.
All we need to do is completely immerse ourselves the way those around us speak, and we, over time, can develop better language skills.
Saw you at Tuesday’s meeting at Schlow Library. I was thoroughly dazzled. 😀
Reply: Thanks! Sherry and I enjoyed giving the presentation.
Oh, you can combine this with my other comment. I have a question about back-formations. I’m thinking specifically about ‘orientated’ as opposed to ‘oriented.’
‘Orientated’ will draw no definition when googled or looked up in online dictionaries, though they will list the word–basically saying that it exists.
Is ‘orientated’ another substandard ‘acknowledged simply because enough knuckleheads are saying it’ kind of word or is it a legitimate word? When I hear ‘orientated,’ I just want to hurl lawn darts.
Can you explain ‘oriented’ and ‘orientated,’ as well as your stance on back-formations?
Reply from Paul: This question needs Sherry’s (co-speaker at NVWN) expertise, and she thinks this will make a great topic for a post. Look for it next week. Paul
(sigh) I completely understand.