[Ads-l] _bet_ = _beat_ Past

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 4 01:06:38 EDT 2017


An acquaintance, from Bear Creek, PA, told me that her drunken lout of an
abusive father once bet her so badly that he broke her arm. He also
regularly bet her mother and her siblings.

And she used “bet” for the past of “beat” every time that “beat” was called
for, so that it clearly wasn’t a tip of the slongue.

That’s a new one on me!

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