Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 15:36:36 -0400 From: Allan Metcalf Subject: Bade, long and short I've been asked - >Is the pronunciation of bade (past tense of bid) controversial? . . . . Is it >a dialect issue, a class issue, or a thing indifferent? Is long a driving >out short a? My answer is that DARE is silent on this; has no entry for bid (v) or bade at all. Nor have I heard of any such controversy. I suspect there's a modern spelling pronunciation encroaching on a traditional one. But have I missed something? Is there patterned variation, or controversy? - Allan Metcalf