Heard on Castle: "=?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=A6_was_=5Fsmited_in_two=5F=22=3B_=22=E2=80=A6_?=was _cleaved in two_" [NT] (UNCLASSIFIED)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 24 02:22:37 UTC 2013

On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC
<Bill.Mullins at us.army.mil> wrote:
> Isn't the past tense of smite "smote"?

Yes. But, for me, even "was smitten _in two_" is odd, though "was
cleft in twain" is okay. The conversation was about a body found cleft
in twain and, IMO, "smiting" someone doesn't leave his body "smited"
in two any more than shooting him leaves his body "shooted" in two

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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