Date: Sat, 12 Oct 1996 17:10:21 -0400

From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU

Subject: No subject given


On participial 'slown': If it's not in any 'principal' works on usage, the

books should be burned. How else could it be said? (But since this is me,

you can probably advance the hillbilly hypothesis one (bare)foot farther.

dInIs (who seems to be flaunting this ethnicity a lot lately; cain't nobody

say nothing about us Hungarians?)

_Stoled_ sounds pretty natural to me, whether because I'm a convicted l-

vocalizer or for some other reason, but there's another verb principal

part I heard myself using recently that caught me up short. It's not in

any of the three reference works on usage I have consulted so far. Here

it is:

If you weren't going so fast, you could have slown down.

Sound familiar to y'all or is it just my hillbilly English?

Michael Montgomery

Dept of English

Univ of South Carolina

Columbia SC 29208

Dennis R. Preston

Department of Linguistics and Languages

Michigan State University

East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA


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