QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


M.S.B., a Chicago reader, writes:
I’ve been seeing ‘snuck’ used as past tense of ‘sneak’ in a number of publications that ought to know better,  Has ‘sneaked’ fallen out of fashion among the educated?”
Y
ou have caused QT to do research.
And after visiting its books, QT can report:
“Snuck” seems to have sneaked into accepted usage.
QT’s dictionaries have mostly given up on calling it nonstandard, although the Oxford still insists on “informal,” which means not quite OK.
So that seems to be that.
But wait.
We have not consulted the QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language.
And the incorrect usage “snuck” has not sneaked in here.
QT will admit to being inflexible on this point.
But QT must be true to itself in matters of grammar and usage.
As Sammy Davis Jr. used to sing:
“I’ve Gotta Be I.”

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