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)

Brenda Lester alphatwin2002 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Jan 24 19:16:38 UTC 2013

O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain.

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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

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