For years I hated hearing people use this word in place of “oriented”. Almost as much as I hated hearing “supposebly“.

Finally I was directed to the dictionary, wherein it was proven to me that it is a word… a form of “oriented”.

Interestingly, dictionary.com includes the following:


adjusted or located in relation to surroundings or circumstances; sometimes used in combination; “the house had its large windows oriented toward the ocean view”; “helping freshmen become oriented to college life”; “the book is value-oriented throughout” [syn: oriented] [ant: unoriented]

So the description for the proper use of “orientated” uses the word “oriented”. Clearly even Webster is confused.

I still say it’s wrong. It’s still shit what irritates me.