Troublesome wordsMay 1, 2014
Based on a Writing Tip I wrote recently for my team.
I cover two word variations in this week’s Writing Tip:
- Should you use ‘oriented’ or ‘orientated’ when referring to a (geographic/compass) position?
- When should you use ‘any more’ or ‘anymore’?
The Macquarie Dictionary is clear on the use of these two words in Australian English—in the context of a geographic/compass position, you use ‘orientate’ or its variations:
- inclined (in a specified way): politically oriented.
- directed (in a specified way): customer oriented; oriented towards the common reader.
orientate (verb) (orientated, orientating)
- –verb (t) to place so as to face the east, especially to build (a church) with the chief altar to the east and the chief entrance to the west.
- to place in any definite position with reference to the points of the compass or other points: Get out your map, orientate it and examine it carefully for clues as to where you are –Paddy Pallin, 1959.
- to adjust with relation to, or bring into due relation to, surroundings, circumstances, facts, etc.: This would have been the first weekend of the school holidays and would have given people a good opportunity to orientate themselves with the new rail network –AAP News, 2000.
- Surveying to turn a map or plane table sheet so that the north direction on the map is parallel to the north direction on the ground.
- –verb (i) to turn towards the east or in specified direction.
[backformation from orientation]
Jeanne Purdue discusses when to use ‘any more’ versus ‘anymore’ in her recent blog post: http://oilpatchwriting.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/any-more-vs-anymore/
In essence: Anymore and any more have distinct differences in meaning and should be used accordingly:
- Anymore means any longer or nowadays. In this usage, ‘anymore’ relates to time. Example: ‘Let’s not do this anymore.’; ‘We’re not doing this anymore.’
- Any more means something additional or further. In this usage, ‘any’ qualifies the word ‘more’. Example: ‘I don’t want any more wine or cheese.’
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