I’ve got this little pet peeve: When people say “Orientated” I want to tell them that they are stupid.
Orientated isn’t a word. It’s a term that differentiates the Sergeants in the Army from the Officers (learned that at Officer Basic at Fort Knox, KY from a Westpoint grad).
Orientated is a term that people without a college education use in place of the verb orient
Orientated is a term my boss uses.
How do I tell him that it’s not a real word?
updated on 9/20/2011: just want to give a shout out to the NCOs out there… by no means do I disrespect you guys. you are the guys that make the Army work. My comment above that I “learned that at Officer Basic” really kind of shows how my teacher at OBC wanted to drive home that orientated isn’t a word I should be using, not my feelings about NCOs at all. Don’t get offended by this post please, as it’s just something I wrote