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.