Incorrect use of the word "Alternate"

"Alternate" does not mean the same thing as "alternative". A track is "alternate" if there are two tracks that can be played, and it plays them in turn. In other words, if the last time you played on a stage, Track A was playing, then next time you play on it, Track B will play, the time after that, Track A will play, and so on and so forth. A track is "alternative" if the track played each time you choose a stage is randomly selected from a list of tracks. The world "alternate" should be changed to "alternative". Once again, this is not because I speak UK English, it's universal English. "Alternate" being used to mean the same thing as "alternative" is nonstandard US English. I'm not saying that this wiki should be written in UK English, just that it should be written in standard US English rather than nonstandard (i.e. wrong) US English. I figured that PenguinofDeath 19:56, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Really? The way I speak English (US-ly, of course) includes the meaning for alternate of being the secondary choice. Miles (talk) 02:02, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
The word "alternate", according to, can mean either "substitute" or "every other". And "alternative" is actually given as a synonym for its "substitute" meaning. So I'd say keep it how it is; there's nothing wrong with it, and "alternative" is a much wordier word anyways. Toomai Glittershine Toomai.png eXemplary Logic 02:47, 14 August 2009 (UTC) isn't telling you the whole story - alternate has only come to mean "substitute" recently due to the large number of Americans who believe it means the same thing as "alternative" simply because it's only two letters away. The creep of US English into all other English-speaking countries means that now people worldwide have come to think that they mean the same thing. Check out the Wiktionary entry for "alternate" when used as an adjective:

alternate (not comparable)

  1. Being or succeeding by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; by turns first one and then the other; hence, reciprocal.
    And bid alternate passions fall and rise. -Alexander Pope
  2. (Mathematics) Designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second.
    the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.
  3. (US) Other — as a common misuse when meaning alternative.
  4. (botany) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence. --Gray.
Meaning number three - key word in that sentence: "misuse". Wiktionary says it's wrong, and I trust Wiktionary far more than I trust It's basically just another spelling mistake, so we should correct it. PenguinofDeath 09:25, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
There is one other problem though - while I may be wrong, I think that "alternative" is actually a genre of music. Combined with the fact that it's been called "alternate" music for like forever, I think there would be mass confusion. Toomai Glittershine Toomai.png eXemplary Logic 12:45, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
"Alternative Rock" is a genre of music, and "Alternative/Punk" was an iTunes invention for when they couldn't think of a single genre to pigeon-hole a band into. "Alternative music" shouldn't be confused with either of those given the context in which it would be used. Also, if the reason why it's called "alternate music" instead of "alternative music" is because everyone thinks that "alternative" and "alternate" mean the same thing, why would they be confused? They probably wouldn't notice the change, let alone actually care enough to be confused by it. For the sake of appearances, I think it should be changed, even if no one will actually care (other than me). PenguinofDeath 13:19, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
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