Conversate and basically

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 24 12:15:41 UTC 2001

At 6:30 PM -0600 1/24/01, Mark Odegard wrote:
>>Personally, the word conversate leaves a yucky taste in my mouth. If it
>>becomes more popular, then it probably will stop doing so. Just as I've
>>to like asparagus and broccoli, one day I might come to like conversate.
>>Right now, however, I don't. And even though I think it still sounds silly,
>>"That's not my fortay," no longer sounds yucky to me.
>>Benjamin Barrett
>Rather like orientate and commentate. In this case, they actually have a
>different sense than the shorter verb. Orientate is what companies and
>colleges do to new employees/students. Commentate is what talking-heads do
>off the tops of their heads, vs the thoughtful stuff you get in other
and adminstrators administrate--or at least they definitely don't administer.

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