"bode" (past tense of "bide") lives!

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Apr 29 17:57:29 UTC 2014

At 4/29/2014 10:13 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> From yesterday's NYT:
>Osmo Vanska is suddenly a man in a hurry. Mr. Vanska, the Finnish
>conductor, bode his time as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra

Was he also a string player?

>through the first year of management's lockout of the players (which
>eventually ran to 16 months, ending in February) during a contract
>dispute, but resigned out of frustration in October.
>I can't remember the last time I came across a "bode" in this
>context, and the other Times occurrences I can find all involve
>present tense of "bode" (usually followed by "well" or "ill"), or
>references to skiier Bode Miller, rather than the past of
>"bide".  Google shows overwhelming preference for "bided" over
>"bode" with first and third person subjects, but there are some
>"bode" diehards out there.

And some "bade"?  The OED has a couple under "bide, v.", circa 1400,
and claims the form for the 17[00s].


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