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Strong/strange verbs and spoonerisms (was RE: Ungrammaticalization?)

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Saturday, July 17, 1999, 1:25
Sally Caves <scaves@...> wrote:

> "I couldn't make it to work, since I'd > ran outta gas on the way." I hear this all the time.
Now, some strong English verbs look like the work of a malignant conlanger, for L2 speakers. I can remember "sing, sang, sung", but "run, ran, run" confuses me all the time. Or worse, "read, read, read", or "lead, led, led".
> The "lay/lie" confusion > is so pervasive that I have to catch myself when I use these terms. > "Where's > the blanket?" "It's laying on the back porch." <--me the other day.
I think I would have to carry a dictionary with me all the time to get those right. *Right now* I don't remember the correct forms. /snip/
> doing this constantly when I lived in Switzerland and was struggling to > speak French. Spoonerisms in French ("merci go pooh" uttered to a > gendarme in utter nervousness)
HA HA HA! I remember reading about this guy (Spooner, I guess) and some of his most famous (attested) phrases. Said to a newly married groom who wouldn't react: "Now it's kisstomary to cuss the bride." BTW (and to justify this post) do you (pl.) have any spoonerisms in your conlangs? Attested ones, I mean. --Pablo Flores