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    mellog13

    My mother, who was a teacher, said the word "dark-complected" was incorrect and that "dark-complexioned" was the correct form. Is she correct?

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    Re: mellog13

    Quote Originally Posted by mellog13 View Post
    My mother, who was a teacher, said the word "dark-complected" was incorrect and that "dark-complexioned" was the correct form. Is she correct?
    I would say she was right.


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    Re: mellog13

    Thank you!
    My mother is smiling from somewhere!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellog13 View Post
    My mother, who was a teacher, said the word "dark-complected" was incorrect and that "dark-complexioned" was the correct form. Is she correct?
    At least one dictionary would say no:
    complected - definition of complected by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Yes, but it's listed as US dialect for "complexioned".


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    So as a form of "dialect" does that mean complected is accepted as a proper form of complexioned? My brother suggested that it could be one of those words that is so misused it becomes accepted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellog13 View Post
    So as a form of "dialect" does that mean complected is accepted as a proper form of complexioned? My brother suggested that it could be one of those words that is so misused it becomes accepted.
    I think that maybe your brother is right, although I had never seen "complected" before, perhaps it's uniquely American. The dictionary link does mention Texas.

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