"drug" and irregulation

Leslie Decker leslie at FAMILYDECKER.ORG
Sat Nov 13 01:48:32 UTC 2010

On Nov 12, 2010, at 19:44, "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:

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> At 11/12/2010 02:34 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>>  Here Bush seems to be drugging in the irregular.
>> Why?  "Drug" as a strong past tense (or participle) of "drag" has
>> been around a lot longer than either Bush.  I'd think this is just
>> standard (or standard non-standard) Texas usage GWB picked up, not a
>> case of a regular verb becoming irregular.  (Cf. snuck, clumb,...)  I
>> have it, at least passively, in at least one context:  "Look what the
>> cat drug in."
> I guess I'm just too non-Texan ... and I should have researched
> "drug" before suggesting it was new, or the trend.  Apologies.  (But
> I was interested to hear that the regular to irregular flow exists
> also -- I didn't know that
> Joel
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