The Grammarphobia Blog

Suspended animation

Q: How do you bite your tongue when the fellow says “hung” instead of “hanged”?

A: Tell him he’s suspended!

Seriously, misusing “hung” isn’t a capital offense, but “hanged” is the preferred past tense for executions. For more about these two troublemakers, see the “Getting the hang of hung” entry on The Grammarphobia blog.

Buy Pat’s books at a local store or Amazon.com.