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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.
Dunno. 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: [snip]
> 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. Ray =============================================== =============================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760


Mark P. Line <mark@...>