"risen" for "raised"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Feb 21 16:27:19 UTC 2008

On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:36 AM, <RonButters at aol.com> wrote:
> Perhaps this is just a typo the both the author and editor missed--or a
> hypercorrection--or do people really normally use "risen" as the past participle of
> "raise"?
> "Campbell has risen far more in campaign contributions than his [two]
> opponents combined, with a large chunk coming from builders and contractors." --
> Lauren Sellers, "Three with varied viewpoints want Allen's house seat," ORLANDO
> SENTINEL, 2-21-08, pB3.

I blame the insidious grammar checker in Microsoft Word. When I run
the sentence with "raised" through the checker in MS Word 2003, it
suggests replacing "raised" with "risen". So most likely it's a
grammatical Cupertino [*].

[*] http://blog.oup.com/2007/11/spellchecker/

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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