Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sun Dec 16 14:27:16 UTC 2001


Careful, or some wag will write in about a short-wicked elf!


>At 5:46 PM -0500 12/15/01, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>>  >Blessed as a verb is /blEst/
>>>Blessed as an adjective is /blEs ed/
>>I think the adjective is either way.
>>>Are there other examples of this process?
>>The most obvious one is "cursed".
>>>Can anyone comment on the adjective pronunciation? Is it an emphatic
>>usage started in the church (Blessed Virgin) that has become accepted?
>>I can comment on anything, but not necessarily sensibly or cogently. I
>>think the stretched versions of "blessed" and "cursed" are probably favored
>>by solemn/pompous/weighty church or church-like uses. There are also poetic
>>uses ("the hornéd moon") and jocular ones ("I'm not [stupid/stoopéd], I'm
>>standing up straight").
>>-- Doug Wilson
>How about--in honor of the holiday season--a short-wicked candle vs.
>a short, wicked elf?

Dennis R. Preston
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Michigan State University
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