Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jul 3 18:50:49 UTC 2007

At 7/3/2007 11:40 AM, Paul Johnson wrote:
>Here in North Central Ar. we weed wack/whack

Here in the Boston area I use a weed whacker -- but I don't think
I've ever made that into a verb (other than "to whack weeds").


>Charles Doyle wrote:
>>A teenager told me that she and a friend had been doing yard work:
>>"She mowed, and I weedeated." Yes, "weedeated" does seem like a
>>better preterit than "weedate" (1880 Google hits vs. 105). The OED
>>appears not to have "weedeater" or any backformed form (?!).

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