Snuck and Drug

Yesterday I heard a motivational speaker give an excellent talk about ways to achieve our potential. She was a polished professional – but she said drug instead of dragged.

I drug the boxes into the closet.  NONSTANDARD

I dragged the boxes into the closet. STANDARD

I may have been the only person in the room who knew that the past tense of drag is dragged. And that raises a provocative question: Does it really matter whether you say drug or dragged? Snuck or sneaked, which most writers consider more correct?

It’s the nature of language to change, and within 20 or 50 or 100 years both drug and snuck may be accepted in formal writing.

My personal choice is not to use either one. Like it or not, your word choices reveal a lot about you. I’m always impressed by people who get the subtle points of usage right – tricky pronoun cases, complicated subject-verb agreement, possessives with gerundives.

I’ll keep saying dragged and sneaked, and I recommend that you do the same.



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