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Concerted

Postby Compton » Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:53 pm

I have started to hear some people using the word "concerted"
in the context of "disconcerted"
Am I missing something or is this just another example of dumbing down
the English language?

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Re: Concerted

Postby Twixtfanatic » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:07 pm

A quote would be helpful. Disconcerted means thrown into confusion or disarray, whereas concerted means planned or accomplished together. So, one refers to breaking a whole into parts, while the other refers to bringing the parts together into a unified whole.

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Re: Concerted

Postby Compton » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:23 pm

"I found his over familiar behavior concerting" (an upsetting experience)

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Re: Concerted

Postby SkypeTeach » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:32 am

I've never heard or seen it used in this way.

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Re: Concerted

Postby Compton » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:49 pm

Two weeks ago I heard a local newscaster use it and put it down as
a slip.
Since then I've heard several other broadcasters use it.

I've noticed that good grammar isn't a priority with the station in question. Oh well.

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Re: Concerted

Postby Twixtfanatic » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:07 pm

Compton wrote:"I found his over familiar behavior concerting" (an upsetting experience)


There's no way that concerting could be regarded as a synonym to disconcerting. This is wrong.


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