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Bug #5956

orientate is not a word

Added by Garrett D'Amore about 5 years ago. Updated about 5 years ago.

Status:
Closed
Priority:
Low
Assignee:
Category:
-
Start date:
2015-05-26
Due date:
% Done:

100%

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Difficulty:
Bite-size
Tags:
needs-triage
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Description

There are a few occurrences of "orientate" or "orientated" in our code base (comments mostly). In American English, the verb is "orient", and its past participle is "oriented". (Apparently the backformed "orientate" is sometimes acceptable in British English, although orient is still the preferred form. In America, we associate the use of "orientated" with poor grammar/English skills.)

We should switch to the standard American English "orient" and "oriented", which doesn't carry any such negative associations.

History

#1

Updated by Garrett D'Amore about 5 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)
#2

Updated by Igor Pashev about 5 years ago

I love illumos for lessons of English :-)

#3

Updated by Sergio Aguayo about 5 years ago

  • Status changed from New to In Progress
  • Assignee set to Sergio Aguayo
#4

Updated by Graham Stephens about 5 years ago

I'm not sure that it "is not a word" as you put it. That's what I was taught in school, and have used for the past 50 or so years. It has been in use in Britain for over 200 years; it's only now with the prevalence of American TV shows that the balance may be swinging toward "orient".
The same applies to the misuse of "headed" (as in "where are we headed?") that you Americans seem so fond of.

#5

Updated by Sergio Aguayo about 5 years ago

  • Status changed from In Progress to Pending RTI
#6

Updated by Electric Monk about 5 years ago

  • Status changed from Pending RTI to Closed
  • % Done changed from 0 to 100

git commit 81ad62fccc616122995dc5abd6e7a8bed377f818

commit  81ad62fccc616122995dc5abd6e7a8bed377f818
Author: Sergio Aguayo <sergioag@qmailhosting.net>
Date:   2015-06-06T00:33:04.000Z

    5956 orientate is not a word
    Reviewed by: Garrett D'Amore <garrett@damore.org>
    Reviewed by: Marcel Telka <marcel@telka.sk>
    Approved by: Gordon Ross <gwr@nexenta.com>

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