"Articulated" as Verb

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Thu Jun 26 06:42:31 UTC 2008

"To articulate oneself" doesn't seem 'right' to me. At a glance,
instances of this reflexive usage seem to be mostly (but not entirely)
very recent.

I suppose the rationale might go like this.

"To articulate one's ideas" = "to [clearly] express one's ideas". [Seems
OK so far.]

Therefore "to articulate" = "to express".

Therefore "to articulate oneself" = "to express oneself".

In a casual glance at a few conventional dictionaries, I find "express
oneself" but not "articulate oneself".

-- Doug Wilson

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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