Monday, July 21, 2008

Making weak verbs strong again

I really want to conjugate "revise" as "revise/revose/revisen."

Does anyone else have this impulse, about this or other verbs? I know that there are a bunch more that I get in my head, but I can't think of them right now.


igattini said...

its funny you mention this craziness, because i was just again thinking of it the other day and figured i was the only one. nice to see someone else out there that thinks that sometimes it wouldnt be a bad idea. as a poet, ive often considered throwing it in there because im sure you could come up with some interesting twists on making the weak verbs strong.

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

"Biked" always sounds odd to me, for the past tense of riding a bicycle... I want to say "boke"!

Dr. Virago said...

Oh I do that all the time. And I think there are a few historical cases of it that have stuck -- I *think* "hanged" is older than "hung" -- but it is unusual for it to stick.

Buffy said...

"I don't see any use in having a uniform and arbitrary way of spelling words. We might as well make all clothes alike and cook all dishes alike. Sameness is tiresome; variety is pleasing. I have a correspondent whose letters are always a refreshment to me, there is such a breezy unfettered originality about his orthography. He always spells Kow with a large K. Now that is just as good as to spell it with a small one. It is better. It gives the imagination a broader field, a wider scope. It suggests to the mind a grand, vague, impressive new kind of a cow." Mark Twain

I know this is to do with spelling instead of verb conjugation, but I feel the same way about it. :)