[Ads-l] Progressive Insurance commercial

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 9 03:22:50 EDT 2016

"Well, maybe the neighbors need to be _woken_."

This leads another character to argue that the speaker should have said "awo

Why is the conjugation of  _(a)wake(n)_ such a problem, I wonder? I can't r
emember what I used before I got to high school, but what I was taught to
 use in high school was different, both from what I was taught in grade scho
ol and from what is used, today.

FWIW, I would say,

"Well, maybe the neighbors need to be _waked (up)_/_awakened_."


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.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list