This evening, we enjoy “shod”, the perfect and past participle of “to shoe“.  Of course “shoe” is a member of The Ten Thousand. I am pleased that we have the ability to keep this uncommon form of this lovely strong verb.  I have discovered a fondness for strong verbs (sing, sang, had sung; sink, sank, had sunk; buy, bought) and particularly for those which used to be strong in the Early years of Modern English, but which have succumbed to the pressure of language simplification.  I imagine these words (seethe, sod, had sodden; thrive, throve, had thriven) remembering their glorious days of strength and beauty and hoping that their sacrifice has served the cause of literacy.  I salute those which remain strong.

  • 17.031  and they were shod with iron,

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