Hanging around

Hello… it’s Disgusted of Tonbridge Wells here… I wish to complain about a distressing grammatical error which gets on my nerves, and which is becoming increasingly common even on the BBC.

I’m referring to the verb to hang, as in ‘to hang by the neck until dead’, and in particular to its past, and past participle, form, which is, of course, hanged.

Somebody on the Beeb this morning was talking about a chap who should be hung, drawn and quartered. He meant, of course, hanged.

Meat is hung. People are hanged.

Thank you for your attention.

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Between you and I, that’s much less offensive than my pet grammatical hate.

I think myself and Tony would agree on that one.

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