ring, rang, rung

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Wed May 10 15:14:54 UTC 2006

At least in my idiolect, "hanged" and "hung" have
different meanings.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.

After the morning trial, they hanged the malefactor at

I don't think I invented this distinction myself, but
was taught it at some point.

>  "Hamstringed" and "hanged" are other examples that
> have been nearly
> totally obliterated by "hamstrung" & "hung,"  but
> this particular  use was
> a new one on me.

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