Saturday, 28 November 2009


...either you've got to get out or you've got to have some massive increase, which is predicated on the assumption that with one last push you'll succeed
   - The Guardian

The Twilight Saga: New Moon is slickly packaged entertainment that’s nonetheless predicated on a creepy vision of teenage sexuality
    - The Times

It is a tale of sexual and sporting rivalry, bullying and manipulation predicated on the girls' passion for their teacher
   - The Independent an industry predicated on results, Pipe’s reputation, and business, is now in his own hands.
   - The Financial Times



  1. If you're complaining that "predicated" should not mean "based", Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage calls this a "dead issue".

  2. Not at all. I am arguing: one syllable good, four syllables bad.

  3. Or more precisely: one well-known syllable good, four syllables that you would never say aloud with a vague pseudo-connection to logic and a pompous air bad.

  4. ...and thus we bid adeau to the sweet sounds of verse for the thunder of simplicity!

  5. I may be wrong, but I can't recall predicated ever having been used in verse. It's more of a strategy meeting/political interview kind of a word.