Thread: Snuck / Sneaked
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Old May 18, 2008, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by LaGata View Post
Here is an article I came across regarding the sneaked/snuck topic.

http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/inde...?date=19981221

BTW, the poll results are a little scary...lol.
Very interesting article Gata.

I recommend reading the entire article. Here are a few quotes I especially liked.

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"He grubbed ten dollars from de bums an den snuck home." This and other examples suggest that snuck was limited to the speech of uneducated, rural Americans.
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Since the 1950s, snuck has been found with increasingly frequency in neutral contexts--used as a standard past form in written sources without any suggestion of humorous intent. In present-day English, snuck is extremely widespread throughout the country, even among educated speakers, and in the speech of younger people it is the dominant form.
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Snuck is fully standard in American English.
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In British English sneaked remains the usual past form, with snuck appearing only in humorous or nonstandard use.
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