CHAT smite (was: Performative verbs)
|From:||Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 1, 2004, 18:19|
On Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at 07:37 , Mark P. Line wrote:
> John Cowan said:
>> ObTrivia: The rarest English irregular verb is believed to be "smite",
>> preterite and past participle "smote", one in a million words.
> I wonder how frequent it is in the King James Bible.
But this side of the Pond, "smote" is only the preterite; the past
participle here is "smitten" and is not particularly rare. But it has to
be admitted that modern usage of "smitten" is often metaphorical -
typically describing a young man who has been smitten by the charms of
some young lady ;)
On Wednesday, September 1, 2004, at 06:36 , Philip Newton wrote:
> Isn't the pp "smitten"?
Certainly it is in Brit English - or just 'smit' in some dialects. What
happens on t'other side of the Atlantic, I leave to others.
"A mind which thinks at its own expense will always
interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760