Oriented vs. Orientated

Michael michael at RFA.ORG
Tue Mar 27 13:44:16 UTC 2001

so i'm kickin' back, watching a marathon of "the Crocodile Hunter" on ANIMAL
PLANET a while back, and i am repeatedly interested in steve irwin's use of
the word "orientated."

take a look at the following example :

   ENGLISH  : That gator really needs to get oriented.
   IRWINESE : We need to get him orientated.

to me, a speaker of good ol' american english, the phrasing that sounds
right, of course, is the first one.  i started trying to figure out why our
dare-devil hero chose to use the other form instead.

maybe it's a transitive/intransitive differentiation that just isn't really
(if ever) used in a.e. -- getting the gator oriented ("orientated") versus
the gator getting himself oriented (just "oriented")

can anyone else rattle off a couple other pairs that would function as
above, or perhaps add anything to my conclusions ?

           michael hunter horlick
               michael at rfa.org
      Sileann do chara agus do namhaid
       nach bhfaighidh tú bá choiche.
                  - Irish Proverb

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