Da doo ran ran

June 9th, 2009
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“Of course she’s ran the race several times before” - 

AM 770 CHQR cub reporter

The young lady was referring to a Calgarian who’d run the city’s marathon a number of times. I haven’t gone back through all our Stupidisms, but I have  hunch this is one of the only times we’ve fingered a wrong past tense or participle. Just today I heard a CBC reporter talk about a process being “speeded” up.

Everyone has a favourite. Of course matters aren’t helped by people deliberately using “brung” and the like. Admittedly, I had to look up “dived”, which has equal status with “dove”. If it weren’t all so complicated…

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By John Weissenberger