I have heard people use the word "conversate." Is it me or should they be saying "converse?"
I just looked up conversate on UrbanDictionary.com. It said: A word used by backwards, ignorant, illiterate inner city trash who mean to say 'converse'.
"Yo, I just needs to conversate witcha!"
Conversate!? Negatory on that one.
I love the word conversate but I don't think it's a "real" word
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?
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
sense) from "conversation," similar to "orientate" and "administrate." And that some back-formations become standard, but that "conversate"... hasn't.