I see a language which probably has a larger vocabulary than any other; a language which is the de facto lingua franca for much of the world. However, at the rate its use is increasing, it could well make it into a few dictionaries soon. However, it is not surprising that you have heard it used, because it is a word that is employed in some dialects. I was just wondering how you yourself would feel if you had to file your lesson plans in Polish to keep your job. Thank you for the clarification. This doesn't mean that it originated then, that's merely the earliest written example they could find of it. One of the reasons it annoys people is because conversate is a back-formation, a type of word made by removing a portion of an existing word such as the suffix.
Sorry, but I think you're talking about a non-problem, and from a very British perspective. So we are using the wrong word most of the time? Hairy Scot and Perfect Pedant - all the dictionaries you mentioned are British and this seems to be an American phenomenon, so I'm not sure what you're proving. I saw a poster use it yesterday in a post and I thought it sounded interesting never heard it before, so I used it at dinner time. I remember studying abroad in Europe and I had to correct to white girls who were studying abroad at the same university. They insisted that lacksadaisical was the correct pronunciation of the word lackadaisical.
Urban Dictionary: Conversate A word used by people that spell so badly they have no hope of saying the word converse in normal conversation A word used for people trying to initiate conversation on dating sites, to no avail. Standard or 'proper' English is only superior to other dialects in one way - it has more status. Are we going to change the word jewelry to 'bling' now that it is so commonly used. My 70 year old aunts use it in every conversation we have. But there is still a generally accepted dictionary of words at a given time and it is by definition incorrect to use words not officially part of the language. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
There are instances when you are unsure if the conversation starteris relevant or interesting. And unlike Britain disgracefully, in my opinion a foreign language is compulsory for the Matura exams, which are necessary for university entrance, and in some universities, a foreign language is compulsory, I believe. That certainly not means that its a legitimate term. I am looking forward to being enlightened with your funny reply. So Thank you, thank you thank you for just going ahead on and puttin' this out there. That means it is not accepted as Standard English. Actually though I kind of like conversate but I haven't heard it used in speech in place of a real word to be bothered by it.
Such as plurals that don't really exist, like 'informations. I guess I needs to be chillin cause my coversating wit you all like I laid out above makes me sound likin I'm pretentious or judginmental or somfin. This is just scaremongering, on a topic you've hinted at before. There is often a resistance to such a change, and so most of these back-formed -ate words don't extend beyond dialectal use, or don't even take hold at all. We are meeting professionals where they are, in whatever trainings they have had.
No Academy is going to stop this sort of thing, but wiser but not necessarily stricter, more traditional education methods might help. Email required Address never made public Name required Is 'Conversate' a Real Word? There are many hundreds of words in English made this way, but some people will forever look askance at words such as liaise formed by back-formation from liaison. The world is the way it is. I think we already have this area covered with converse and conversation. Some people think that if enough people use a nonsense word, it eventually becomes a legitmate part of our vocabulary. Be thoughtful and observant about the individual's response. There were so many -ate verbs springing up in English that could all be suffixed with -ion, that this -ation string was reanalyzed in English as a separate suffix in addition to -ate and -ion that could be attached to verbs that did not end in -ate.
This is about black folks just scroll back up to the top of the page and check. The latter doesn't make you look smart, but it doesn't make you look stupid either. What makes me upset about this particular conversation is the fact that being a back formation of converse or not anyone who generally hears this word placed in a sentence can figure out its meaning by simply listening to the text. I think that most people that use the word conversate not knowing that it's to converse. Merriam-Webster Is 'Conversate' a Real Word? As an aside, we should all listen to Lilian.
And why is it that bakers bake, but grocers don't groce? It's the only way Europe can work, as an entity, as an economic area. Do you think we can really use the same word abomination to describe a simple mistake and what's going on in places like Syria? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. I of course understood what he meant and i actually thought maybe i learned a new word. I know that no one enjoys being corrected but understand that this criticism is given out of love. Unlike in Britain, a foreign language is considered a basic part of your education here, and many of my students learn two or more.
Many ignorant people could discover a thing or two by learning through to both the word conversate, and other back-formations before criticizing and making a generalization about a word and the people who go for it. Remeber, don't monopolize the conversation listening is just as as important as speaking, often more. I'm not sure the word police are necessary, but its use should be discouraged among those persons who have a difficult time understanding when and where it is appropriate. To have a conversation with someone s When someone claims it isn't a word, they mean it's not a proper word, much like irregardless is not a proper word. It may very well die out in 20 years, or it could become standard.
Many of the 'rules' that have determined that certain words or constructions are 'incorrect' often turn out to simply have been one grammarian's whim. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. It's unnecessary, and makes you sound like you don't know how to speak, but that doesn't mean it's not a word, only a slang word. My mother is 83 years old and has always used the word conversate. So I think it has more to do with the experience a person has with academic English, than simply the skin color of the person using the word.