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Re: Most common irregular verbs?

From:Patrick Littell <puchitao@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 18:01
On 1/17/06, Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...> wrote:
> > > In my 'lect it's been reanalyzed that way, too: > 'longue' becomes 'lounge', and it's pronounced > /tSejs l&wndZ/. I'm not sure I've heard that > usage from anybody outside my family (but > I haven't ever heard /Sez lON/ or /tSejs lON/ > from anybody, period; probably because > it's not a terribly common piece of furniture).
That's pretty common. (I mean "chase lounge" is common; the furniture is, as you said, not terribly common.) Take a look on Google for "chaise lounge"; it gets more hits than "chaise longue"! When I was a kid, it was "chaste lounge" in my head -- a sort of lounge chair for the chaste. People chasing each other in/with/around chairs didn't make any sense, but associating archaic furniture with Victorian morality wasn't too much of a stretch. -- Pat