[Ads-l] t(h)run

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sat May 14 12:01:18 EDT 2016

On 5/14/2016 9:11 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> For _threw_.
> This makes a brief appearance in DARE, s.v. _throw_, but I can't find any
> exx. in the online ed.  Not in OED.
> The 1930 semi-classic film _The Bat Whispers_ features a bumbling
> small-town detective (Charles Dow Clark). Clark, acc. to IMDb, was born in
> Vermont in 1869.  When somebody drops a vase on his head, he asks, clearly,
> "Who thrun that?"
> I don't think I've encountered _thrun_ before.
> Perhaps the _locus classicus_ of "trun" is in a song called "The Portland
> County Jail" that Carl Sandburg included in his _American Songbag_ (1927):
> "Saturday night when I got tight, he trun me in the can."

I see that DARE shows "t(h)run" not only for "threw" and "thrown" but 
even for "throw" (with examples).

DARE derives this from Irish dialectal "thrun"/"threwn" (used for past 
and participle and "occasionally" in present tense) (if I'm reading it 

MW3 shows "trun" = "threw".

I don't recall encountering anything like "t(h)run" myself.

-- Doug Wilson

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

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