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,