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garybababooey October 21st, 2013 2:43am

I have heard people use the word "conversate." Is it me or should they be saying "converse?"

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garybababooey Nevada
10/21/13 1:31 pm

I just looked up conversate on It said: A word used by backwards, ignorant, illiterate inner city trash who mean to say 'converse'.
"Yo, I just needs to conversate witcha!"

10/21/13 11:51 am

Conversate!? Negatory on that one.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
10/20/13 8:08 pm

I love the word conversate but I don't think it's a "real" word

WillametteKevin Mossopolis
10/20/13 10:33 pm

My wife and first heard it used in a song and looked it up in several sources. She very-much dislikes the word saying it's not real. If I use it, does that make it real?

susanr Colorado
10/20/13 7:48 pm

Dictionaries (well, the couple that I consulted) list it, but say it's non-standard. (One says "nonstandard except in certain dialects," but doesn't say *what* dialects.) Another reference says it's a "back-formation" (a term new to me, but it makes

susanr Colorado
10/20/13 7:50 pm

sense) from "conversation," similar to "orientate" and "administrate." And that some back-formations become standard, but that "conversate"... hasn't.