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? asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

Disoriented or Disorientated?

Which is correct? The Oxford English Dictionary says both are ok, but which one would be used, in the sense of saying someone's confused and/or a bit lost?

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    You can use either although the first tends to be used by Americans and the second by the English.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Disorientated Vs Disoriented

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    have not found a single reliable source american or english to support disoriented.

    By all accounts the only proper word is disorientated which is the more logical choice anyway.

    people just use the other because its easier.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Either will work but I would go with disorientated. If you said someone was disorientated it would not be a verb it would be adjectival.

  • 1 decade ago

    disoriented would be preferred if that's the sense.. because it's use as an adjective. . . while disorientated is a verb..

  • Phil K
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Lack of direction is disorientated. Like 'orienteering'. Americans struggle with words ;-)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I always am either or, so one way or another it does't really matter to me.I mean American, English who cares?I'll just go with the flow.Maybe one day I'll find the orient, who knows?On the other hand,who cares?God I'm mixed up!!

  • the 2nd one

  • 1 decade ago

    hahaha i agree

    americans pfft

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