Hanged or Hung-- How would you answer this query?
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This reminds me of lighted vs lit. I use the former much more often then the people around me.
And then I also pronounce either as ee-ther, not eye-ther. (I live on Long Island)
So you'd say "I hanged the picture on the wall"? That doesn't sound right to me . . .
Going Postal has the following quote in Chapter 1 (2nd paragraph)
"The man going to be hanged had been named Moist von Lipwig by doting if unwise parents, but he was not going to embarrass the name, insofar as that was possible, by being hung under it."
This I found by a Google Book Search, but may not be what you are remembering.
"Salzella shrugged. "We've got to do this properly. Did you know Dr Undershaft was strangled before he was hung?"
"Hanged", said Bucket, without thinking. "Men are hanged. It's dead meat that's hung".
"Indeed?" said Salzella. "I appreciate the information. Well, poor old Undershaft was strangled, apparently. And then he was hung."
can you elaborate on this lexical problem? i don't see what the person is going for at all!
If someone is sentenced to hang at (their hanging) you would say that they were hanged. (regular)
If you hang a picture on your wall, you would say that it was hung. (irregular)
I'm going to say that I learned this from Steven Pinker's "The Language Instinct," but that's only because the mnemonic device I learned in the army is embarrassing.
I'm still not convinced it's not some left over from more prescriptivist days as in the Maskerade example from above.
# 14 makes an excellent point too.
Some responses here depend upon the notion that something is correct when it "sounds natural" or satisfies an instinct. I am afraid that what sounds good to one person might be mightily at odds with the rules of standard English.
He is usually depicted hanging from a tree by one foot and looking remarkably cheerful.
It has been a year since this question was discussed and it still lives!
I just looked up an internet dictionary and found nearly 60 uses for hanged between verbs and nouns. There must be whole dinner conversations over this.
I do like playing hangman and it is not called hungman.
But is that not because it is named after the executioner, not the executed?
He was hanged. = He was executed through the use of hanging by the neck until dead.
He was hung. = He was hung (as in strung up) somehow.
He hung up on me. NOT He hanged up on me.
I've been hung up on this issue for weeks. NOT I've been hanged up on this issue for weeks.
He was hanged at dawn. NOT He was hung at dawn.
He's well hung. NOT He's well hanged. (!!)
He hung that picture over there. NOT He hanged the picture over there.
To be perfectly honest, I can't see or understand the confusion.
I'm so sorry, I couldn't help myself. Do get mad. Just tell me to go away.
#27 I like how your examples. But cough, cough some of those are ...
"He was well (and truly) hanged" could describe a successful execution.
With red protruding eyeballs and black protruding tongue"
That from the pedant Evelyn Waugh. Poetic licence?
Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
Poetry isn't a good guide to received English usage.
(Hail to thee blithe spirit,
Bird thou never wert...?)
Not much rhymes with "hanged".
A similar debate just occurred between myself and another, and this discussion well and truly proved me wrong. Great answers though.
When the man who is being hanged in the game hangman is in the process of being drawn is it called hanging-man?