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Re: CHAT smite (was: Performative verbs)

From:Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>
Date:Saturday, September 4, 2004, 20:01
Mark P. Line wrote:
> Ray Brown said: > >>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 ;) > > > Yep. A sentence like "Wow, look, that young lady's charms just smote that > young man!" would have a different meaning altogether.
In this case, "charms" would probably be used metaphorically. ;)