Trials and Tribulations

I ran across a word today that makes professional editors cringe and wail as much as fingernails being raked across a blackboard.

(Remember blackboards? There I go, giving away my age again. I’ve got to quit doing that!)

The word was “trialed,” as in: “We expect the new gizmo to be trialed later this year.”

Actually, “trialed” is not a real word. “Trial” is a real word, but it’s a noun, not a verb, so it should not be conjugated into any kind of tense.

The verb is “to try,” and a good synonym to use would be “to test.”

Examples:

“We expect to test the new gizmo later this year.”

“We expect to try out the new gizmo later this year.”

“We expect to conduct field trials of the new gizmo later this year.”

Stick with the tried and true, and don’t be making up words by changing nouns into verbs.

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