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Think, thank, thunk

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Sunday, March 19, 2006, 15:47
From: "Paul Bennett" <paul-bennett@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2006 2:15 PM

> On Sat, 18 Mar 2006 07:31:39 -0500, Benct Philip Jonsson > <bpj@...> wrote: > >> Eudora does AFAIK not support Unicode. >> That was why I switched(*) to Thunderbird. >> >> (*)I must resist that temptation to inflect >> _switch_ strong: _switch, swatch, swatch_! >> Does anyone else play that game? > > Oh, very yes.
It's fun, yes. I can't get arrive - arrove - arriven out of my head. I even found a website called "Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung Starker Verben" or something on the internet one day. They've also got a section with lists for English verbs. BTW, a friend of my brother when he was in kindergarden always had _ihr *fährt_ (instead of _ihr fahrt_) for _2pl go=by=X_ ... and this wrong use got stuck, so my brother occasionally says _ihr *fährt_ now, too. As for artificially deriving strong verbs from weak ones, in German there are many, many strong verbs anyway. A great-aunt of mine is the only person I know who says _hängen - hing - *gehongen_ instead of the usual _hängen - hing - gehangen/gehängt_, i.e. _uffjehongen_ instead of _uffgehängt_ (aufgehängt). It also seems to depend on the dialect whether a verb is strong or weak: my father, born here in Northern Hesse, says _winken - winkte - gewunken_ (to wave, waved, waved), while my mother, born in the very south of Baden-Württemberg, has "winken - winkte - gewinkt". According to my 1999 edition of the Duden, _gewunken_ is dead-wrong. The edition of my mother from 2001 says it's a regional thing. There's hardly anybody saying _gewinkt_ here however. Cheers, Carsten