hung/hanged; was Re: ring, rang, rung

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Wed May 10 21:16:39 UTC 2006

>I agree with Jim on this one, though I do recall that I was specifically
>taught, both in grade school and in high school - a testament to the degree
>of prescriptivism inherent in this grammatical "rule" - to use "hanged" for
>On 5/10/06, James Smith <jsmithjamessmith at> wrote:
>>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.

I had learned this well enough to consider it standard. So recent
utterances with hung plus a human object have startled me
considerably. I don't remember where I saw/heard them--I just
remember my reaction.


Barbara Need

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