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Poll: Addictive or Addicting? - florafloraflora
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Poll: Addictive or Addicting?
I've always thought the word for "habit-forming like a monkey on your back that you just can't shake" was "addictive". But lately I've seen a lot of people use "addicting". Here's an article about it. What do you think?

Which word are you more likely to use?

addictive
20(100.0%)
addicting
0(0.0%)


ETA: Wow, it's a shutout so far, 7-0 for "addictive". I thought "addicting" was getting to be popular as an alternate word, but I might be wrong.

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emperor_fool From: emperor_fool Date: May 21st, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hear "addicting" from time to time, and it grates on my ears.
yokospungeon From: yokospungeon Date: May 21st, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me too. What rot! :)
appleshoelace From: appleshoelace Date: May 21st, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I say 'addictive'. But I've heard people argue that the word should be 'addicting'. But I shrug it off as silly and misinformed pedantry. But I don't think 'addicting' is wrong as such - I mean, the way grammar works, you can add 'ing' to a verb to do that, and use the -ing form to make an adjective. For instance, take the verb 'hurt'. You could say 'my thumb is hurting' (being present progressive) but you could then use 'hurting' as an adjective - 'my hurting thumb'. The more common word would be 'sore' - 'my sore thumb'. But no reason why you can't say 'my hurting thumb' instead.
yokospungeon From: yokospungeon Date: May 21st, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Could you say 'my hurtive thumb'?

?:)
appleshoelace From: appleshoelace Date: May 21st, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha - no, it would have been a better example to give one that had an '-ive' form as the original adjective, but I couldn't think of one off the top of my head.
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