"Pit" as the past tense of "pit"

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Thu May 12 15:56:25 UTC 2011

On May 12, 2011, at 8:23 AM, Neal Whitman wrote:

> "Pit": a new (to me) addition to the list of monosyllabic verbs ending in
> [V -tense]+[t] with irregularized past tenses identical to the base verb.
> Arnold has dubbed them "bare past verbs", and has other examples of
> past-tense "pit", which I must have missed at the time:
> http://arnoldzwicky.wordpress.com/2008/12/25/whats-the-past-tense-of-the-verb-text/.
> "Pet" as the past tense of "pet" came up in this brief thread in 2009:
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ADS-L;U%2BTbZA;200309141158310700B
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ADS-L;zkvC1w;200309141907190500B
> I've written about "bare past verbs" on my blog a few times, too:
> http://literalminded.wordpress.com/2006/08/25/the-irregularization-of-pet/
> http://literalminded.wordpress.com/2007/03/24/he-grit-his-teeth/
> http://literalminded.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/retrofit-and-reverse-engineer-shameful-synonymy/

and now "whet" (with a link to bare-past "breed")

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