Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 16:03:59 -0400
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: Bade, long and short
I've been asked -
Is the pronunciation of bade (past tense of bid) controversial? . . . . Is
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?
There is indeed something of a controversy about this. The older
form is /baed/ (that is, with an ash, homophonic with _bad_ 'not
good'). Older dictionaries (W2, Century) list only this pronuncation;
Fowler 1926 and Evans 1957 specify it as well. I think that the pronunciation
/beid/ (rhyming _made_) is quite common today, and is probably increasing
in frequency. The /beid/ pronunciation is, I assume, a
spelling pronunciation; usage conservatives regard it as an error.
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com