I found out yesterday that a very good friend of mine, one I have known for many years and had a very close relationship with, is in fact a fraud. This friend was not a person but rather a word that I have used in writing and talking for more years than I can remember. Now that I know the truth about this word, I must make a deliberate effort to cut off my relationship with it and no matter how upset the word gets, I must quit using it.
This horrible word is the English word snuck, as in the past tense of sneak. Somehow I missed the lesson 45 years ago in school that explained that the past tense of sneak is sneaked. My whole life I have used snuck and never thought twice about it. I feel deceived and violated that snuck sneaked up on me and convinced me that it was legitimate.
With great remorse I had to edit my blog from yesterday that included one usage of snuck in it. Even as I replaced the offending word with sneaked, it looked funny to me. Sneaked, to me, looks like a variation of sneakers which one wears on their feet. But, I must change my thinking and no matter how weird sneaked looks, I must accept that it is correct and although snuck is used more and more, it is NOT the preferred word.
Wouldn't language be wonderful if it was logical? To me, the conjugation of sneak should be; sneak, snake, snuck. But of course it is not. Where many words do follow this rule (drink, drank, drunk for example), whoever invented English decided they didn't like the way snuck looks or sounds so they banished it to the dungeon of bad words.
Over the years I have gotten much better at spelling (thanks to spell check) and grammar, but I still have many bad habits that arose because I never really learned them in school. To this day, and my wife can fully attest to this, I seemingly cannot ever get lie vs. lay right. No matter how hard I try to use the right word, I end up using the incorrect one and get reproved and corrected. I know that chickens lay eggs, but for some reason my mind cannot transfer that rule to sleeping dogs that lie on the floor etc.
Way back when I was in high school my English teachers always gave me an A for content but usually, at best, a C for grammar. Of course this usually meant getting a B, which I got a lot of in school. To this day, try as I may, I find myself violating basic grammar rules in almost every blog I write. Seriously, I wish I could turn back time and re-learn grammar instead of brushing it off like I did in school. At the time I didn't see why it was important to learn and thus I did not learn it very well.
As difficult as it is for me, I will try and do a much better job at making sure what I write is not only uplifting and edifying, but grammatically correct and devoid of horrendous mistakes that distract from the message. I promise to give snuck a ticket out of town and officially invite sneaked over to get acquainted. I imagine that in due time we will become BFF.
Thank you and as always, Blessings 2 You!