Word Crimes

I am a word purist. As such, I cringe when I hear words that people make up.

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Unfortunately, through frequent use, many of these words gain legitimacy. Fortunately, however, most of these words only are spoken; they rarely appear in print. Here are two examples.

The first one is “orientate” (as in becoming “orientated” or “disorientated.” I guess I should be thankful that this word has not gained legitimacy.

The second word, “preventative,” now appears in most dictionaries as an alternative for “preventive.” Does this meant that “correctative” will follow soon?

Should I also mention “irrregardless”?

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About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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