This is a re-run of an entry I made in my main journal. I thought it would fit well here:
I recently re-read (actually listened to the audio book of...) Death in Holy Orders by P.D. James and was reminded of a word that bugs the heck out of me -- disorientated. I don't know why, but it just doesn't sound right. The first time I saw it in print I thought it was a misprint. But I looked it up and it is actually a word. It means, of course, to "cause to be lost or disoriented", and the literal meaning is to "turn away from the East or (figuratively) from the right or the truth", thus the "orient" portion of the word, as in "oriental". (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.)
I have no problem with the word disoriented, but disorientated makes my mouth feel funny! And if reading the word was bad, listening to it being read on the audio book was even worse. Made my head spin every time I heard it. And I think P.D. James uses it at least a half dozen times in that book.
Oh well. I'll get over it. Isn't it funny how some words just bug you or make your tongue feel funny when you try to say them? I do love P.D. James, though, and Death in Holy Orders is probably my favorite Adam Dalgliesh story. Love those "who-done-its."