Past tense of pet

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sun Sep 14 13:34:58 UTC 2003

It is my usage; ergo, not nonstandard. (What the hell! I'm a
past-president of the American Dialect Society! How could I be guilty
of nonstandardness?)


I have looked in the AHD3 and 4, Oxford, and Italian and Korean
dictionaries. None of them confirm my use of pet-pet-pet. They all insist on

Yet pet follows the standard short vowel, monosyllabic rule like put-put-put
and set-set-set.

Can anyone tell me if this use of pet is considered nonstandard/dialectical
or just not noted in dictionaries?

Benjamin Barrett
Baking the World a Better Place

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