Nonword of the Week: Orientated

Orientated: having been through orientation of some kind, particularly university orientation

Example: The new ASU freshmen stepped onto campus freshly orientated and ready to take on the university experience.

Related nonwords: schoolify, froshly 

This week’s nonword is considered by many to already be a valid word, particularly in the UK when businesses are known for being “customer-orientated.”  It is unclear why “orientated” took favor over “oriented” across the pond, though it may be due to divorcing the term from the region known as “the Orient.”  Or something.  I would recommend googling it if you really need to know.

In any case, I have a far narrower use in mind for orientated, one that changes the wordy query of “Have you been through orientation?” to “Are you orientated?”  This situation comes up surprisingly often around universities and incoming students, and at least among my peers orientated is considered the correct word to use.  It refers to the specific process of orientation, rather than just being able to find your way around campus (oriented).  It can also apply to new-worker orientation for jobs, or member orientation for clubs.  There are many different groups one can be orientated into.

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Disclaimer: I do not condone idle word-mangling.  Please mangle your words with care. Should not be attempted by the faint of heart or those with reading disorders.  Side-effects include peculiar looks, disapproving frowns, essay markdowns, and utter confusion.


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