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    moistured

    Is moistured a word?

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    Re: moistured

    Yes, it is a word. And some people are prone to use it.
    Only it is not in the English dictionaries.

    I gues you mean humid, damp. Maybe the word you are looking for is "moist".

    I am not a teacher, by the way.
    Last edited by Kraken; 10-Jun-2008 at 17:15.

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    Re: moistured

    Quote Originally Posted by ginny918 View Post
    Is moistured a word?
    Moisture-noun
    Moistured-verb-derived from moisture.
    Nowadays nouns are used as verbs
    Towel.-towelled.?
    Shower-showered.
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    Re: moistured

    I'm not a teacher, but have never heard "moistured" in British English. I would say that the word should be moistened.

    A moist cloth has been moistened with moisture.

    Americans do sometimes make verbs out of nouns (such as 'leverage'), but this doesn't go down well over here on our little island! Maybe if this is an Americanism and your audience is American then "moistured" is OK, but it sounds wrong to my (UK) ears.

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    Re: moistured

    Quote Originally Posted by hotmetal View Post
    I'm not a teacher, but have never heard "moistured" in British English. I would say that the word should be moistened.

    A moist cloth has been moistened with moisture.

    Americans do sometimes make verbs out of nouns (such as 'leverage'), but this doesn't go down well over here on our little island! Maybe if this is an Americanism and your audience is American then "moistured" is OK, but it sounds wrong to my (UK) ears.
    I agree with you,and I would add that 'moistured' if it does exist, is a completely unnecessary creation and ugly to boot.

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    Re: moistured

    bhaisahab, yes, thanks for your support, you feel the same as I do about these neologistic "nerbs" (if I'm allowed to make up words too!)

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    Re: moistured

    Quote Originally Posted by hotmetal View Post
    bhaisahab, yes, thanks for your support, you feel the same as I do about these neologistic "nerbs" (if I'm allowed to make up words too!)
    Oh yes, I really do feel the same as you, I can accept that language changes, even welcome it, but those changes have to reflect a real need to create something. To create completely unnecessary verbs when a well used and natural alternative already exists seems to me to be very close to illiteracy. Language is organic, or should be, and the English language perhaps more than most, I think that it is for that reason that English has become the world's dominant language. We should not create for the sake of creating, or from ignorance.

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