Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 22 18:30:37 UTC 2009

Isn't "rode hard ..." a fixed idiom that you wouldn't expect to change?

"Overrided" sounds so strange to me that I can see it as just a typo.

And then there's Kiparsky's (former?) claim that derivations, in
general, t(r)end toward regularity. The last time that I mentioned
this claim, Larry had some things to say about it. Criticisms, IIRC.
However, since I had no dog in that fight, I can't remember anything
that Larry had to say.


On Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 10:17 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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> At 9:54 AM -0500 11/22/09, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>As I was saying:
>>A History Channel program on Pearl Harbor reports that the Emperor
>>Hirohito's opinion that war with the U.S. would be unwise was "overrided by
>>the military."
>>44,000 RGs for "overrided."
> Lots of them probably for the preterit (vs. "overrode") rather than,
> as here, the participle (vs. "overridden").  Nice one, either way.
> To reprise an earlier thread, it's reassuring to see the
> regularization doesn't seem to have spread to the unprefixed case:
> "rode hard and put away wet":  21,700
> "rided hard and put away wet": 0
> "overridden hard and put away wet": 1
> LH
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