Did you know....(random odd fact)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by revelated, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. revelated macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2010
    That "conversate" got added to the dictionary as an actual word?


    Such is the world that we live in. For years I've been correcting people to use converse, only to have the powers that be give in to this.
  2. Handieman macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2010
  3. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    No Webster and the power that be are right.

    New words are added all the time as a language grows and evolves. Just because you say so or the power at be says so does not make it any less than of a word.

    An example of words that have been added in our life time
    "google" verb, use web search to look something up on the internect.

    "Go google it"
    Very difference than Google.com or go to Google.

    Remember English is always changing adding new words and changing meanings.
  4. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I think company or product names should not be allowed as official words.

    I'm wondering when they'll add "refudiate"...
  5. rprebel macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2010
    Where the bluebonnets bloom
    While I understand that our language is constantly evolving, I refuse to stop yelling at people who say "irregardless."
  6. Firestar macrumors 68020


    Sep 30, 2010
    221B Baker Street.
    Yes. But it isn't a word. :)
  7. revelated thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2010
    That's my point. I mean "conversate" had never been a word, even Firefox still flags it as a misspell. Evolution is one thing, catering is another. I wouldn't want a situation where we just add stuff to dictionaries because certain people don't understand proper Latin or prefixes/suffixes.

    But it's not the same definition.

    "ir" = not
    "less" = without

    Not without regard =/= regardless.
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
  9. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    is there really a difference? the first instance of an evolved word is a mispronunciation/mispelling. it remains a 'mistake' until it becomes common or someone uses it in some 'serious' writing
  10. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Umm hate to tell you this but evolution of a word and new words includes misspelling.

    So it is still a word and correct. What is defined as a new word I believe has a new word being added officially to our language about ever 20-30 mins.
  11. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    They do that to help us stay orientated.
  12. yojitani macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    It's not in the OED, it's not a word. :D

    I don't mind dictionaries attempting to keep up with contemporary usage -- that's what they do -- but 'conversate'? I've never heard it used and I don't see the utility of including it in the lexicon.
  13. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Neither do I.

    It seems that this is a catering to the lowest common denominator. There is a perfectly valid word still in use.

    If converse is phased out of our lexicon for "conversate" it would actually destroy some of etymological clues we have for the meaning of that word and its origins.

    I'm all for an adaptive lexicon (eg "googling" should be in the dictionary because it describes a particular type of activity that transcends a traditional search), but new words have to offer some advantage. Contractions, clarifications, expansions, etc, are valuable. "Conversate" adds nothing.
  14. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    Interesting. Until this thread, I have never heard or seen the word 'conversate' before. Of course, now I'll begin seeing/hearing it all the time. :p
  15. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    A bit like "flammable" and "inflammable."
  16. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    So if frequent misspelling means a word becomes correct, does this mean I have to give up my my crusade to get people to use the correct versions of the following:
    - your, you're
    - to, too
    - there, their, they're
    - accept, except
    - then, than

    Because the misuse of those words has become so frequent, I'm almost beginning to think that I am wrong. They are actually misused more than they are used correctly in my experiences. In fact, I haven't seen someone use the correct "you're" in ages...it's almost as if it has disappeared from language.

    Sorry, that does not make it correct.

    And does this mean that to "axe" a question will now become correct? Because I'm not ready for that.
  17. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I agree. Simply because a word is common and ubiquitous doesn't mean it's correct.
  18. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    pretty much the case. Words get phased out over time. As the English language evolves some of those will be combined in multiple meaning.

    Take for example the word you. It used to have 3 different words

    You used to have
    you -formal some one higher than you in terms of respect
    you - informal friend (thee)
    you - for group kind of like ya'll

    All those have been reduced down to just you. Now I do not know all of the older types of you but it shows the point. Words change over time.
  19. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Actually, thou was the singular form (nominative) and thee was the singular form (accusative). Ye was the plural (both nominative and accusative). The transition to you for all forms was originally from a misreading of the Anglo-Saxon thorn character, representing 'th'.
  20. awmazz macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    So the etymology is:

    to converse is to have a conversion.

    to conversate is to have a conversation.

    I personally think people from Canada should call themselves Canadans. They're not from Canadia like I'm from Australia.

    Only written though? I heard spake once that 'th' is/was pronounced 'y', so thou and you were pronounced the same but written differently. And thee was said yee. Which is still in use actually, as in "what're ye lookin' at?" or "does ye mother sow?" in various parts of the UK.

    Basically, all yee and yoo, so it's always been us making the mistake of saying thou as thow instead of yoo in movies and suchlike.
  21. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    You forgot "yore" ;)
    - its, it's

    And a bunch more:
  22. revelated thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2010
    A manager at my workplace has an EXTREMELY difficult time with derivations of "since". He has sported the following in emails:

    - "Been a long time sense you and I..."
    - "That just does not make since to me..."
    - "I think it's about $50 and some cense" (Seriously)

    I'm surprised some of you never heard people say "conversate". Must be my age. When I was in my 20's every other female I came across used that improper word and I would correct them - they'd get heated.
  23. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
  24. rprebel macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2010
    Where the bluebonnets bloom
    I'm punching you from across the internet. My fist is flying at you through the monitor.:p:rolleyes:
  25. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    Possibly the one that is most difficult to keep straight is the difference between "effect" and "affect".

    But I will not be happy until a dictionary contains the word I came up with, "eschereal" - or did it come up with me?

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