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The alternate alternative

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PlaitBilledDuckyPuss · 03/03/2023 12:24

More an observation than anything else - has anyone else noticed the word 'alternative' is gradually disappearing in favour of 'alternate' ? E.g. "I was going to travel via Bristol but I took an alternate route"

"Alternate" to me will always mean one of two things between which you switch - "the light alternates between red and green".

I wonder why this is - is it just that 'alternate' is a shorter word?

Interested to hear any other thoughts.

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PedantScorner · 04/03/2023 11:31

They are different words, and it may be that it's a spellchecker error, or that some people don't know what the words actually mean.

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