The Old English Preterite Plural Lives!

Wendalyn Nichols wendalyn at NYC.RR.COM
Thu Dec 6 22:40:03 UTC 2001

For my first posting as a "free woman"--unfettered by constraints of working
for RH--I'd like to add, for anyone interested in regional distribution,
that a quick check of my age cohorts (40-ish) and unspeakably large extended
family in the northwest reveals that they do NOT say 'snook'.

Hope to be a more productive member of the list from now on.

Wendalyn Nichols
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jesse Sheidlower" <jester at PANIX.COM>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 5:00 PM
Subject: Re: The Old English Preterite Plural Lives!

> > This discussion is the first I've heard of "snook" = "snuck".
> > For me it's always been I, you, he/she/it, we, you (pl.), and they
> > (rhymes with "duck")--except for the rare occassions when I remember
> > "sneaked".
> OED seems to have examples of _snook_ going back to the early 1960s,
> and that's without even checking the electronic databases.
> Best,
> Jesse Sheidlower

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