[Dixielandjazz] language usage - "sprung"

Patrick Cooke patcooke at cox.net
Thu Feb 13 15:36:16 PST 2003

 Jingle the bell.
I jangled the bell.
The bell has been jungled.

I bungle things.
I bangled things.
Things have been bingled?

Think about it.
I thank about it.
It has been thunk about.

Does that tingle?
It used to tangle.
It has been tungled.

She thrills me
She thrall me
I have been thrulled.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Charlie Hooks" <charliehooks at earthlink.net>
To: "Bill Gunter" <jazzboard at hotmail.com>; <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 9:31 AM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] language usage - "sprung"

> on 2/13/03 1:10 AM, Bill Gunter at jazzboard at hotmail.com wrote:
> > To present or disclose unexpectedly or suddenly: "He
> > sprung on the world this novel approach to political journalism" (Curtis
> > Wilkie).
> Bill, this usage is sick.  Surely you know better than that.  Dictionaries
> list usage, not propriety.  You can doubtless find listings of "ain't" as
> quite proper usage, since many people "use" the word.
> You (and Curtis Wilkie) want to misuse the simple past tense of the verb--
> go ahead!  Have fun!  But I will know that the usage signals ignorance,
> superior knowledge.  Sometimes willful ignorance.
> screw dictionaries and their makers,
> Charlie
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