Nev Cottrell (35)
Thank you, Rob, for endeavouring to instruct me in the complexities of the English language. Actually I would be quite happy to claim "innovatory" as a coinage of mine, but according to the Oxford, Cambridge and Merriam-Webster Dictionaries I am too late.
In matters of pedantry I learnt long ago to double check before correcting someone else for fear of ending up looking a goose.
Ah, well, yes, one can find a meaning for just about any collection of letters, Bruce - words like "healthful", "verbage", "irregardless" and "pro-active" hang out in those places, wasting valuable space. But does "innovatory" give us anything that "innovative' doesn't? I'm all for new words - I'd even call them neologisms to make myself sound cool - but really, they should have to provide something extra to the language. I'm pretty sure a no-nonsense fella like Tom Carter would stick with "innovative", and save that extra syllable for smashing through the defensive line of yet another "playing group".
I mean Bruce, you're representing Sydney Uni here. That "let's embrace every word" attitude is much better suited to the Macquarie Dictionary.