Crying over spilt milk, or is it spilled?
May 9, 2012 9:44 AM Subscribe
Do we cry over spilt milk or spilled milk? My spell checker says the latter but I remember the former.
posted by patheral to Writing & Language (31 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Back in my younger days, my friends and I dove into the water. Yesterday, the kids would have dived into the pool. As a child, I spilt my juice on the table. Last night, my fiance spilled his soda on the floor. In my schooldays, my twin would have spelt something wrong. A few days ago, my grandson would have spelled a word wrong. At my school, busses lined up in front of the school. Today buses line up in front of the school.
I think you see where I'm going with this. Now I'm all for language changing, but it's as if I turned around and someone switched the rules on me when I wasn't looking. So my question is twofold: can you think of any other words that have changed like dove:dived, spilt:spilled, spelt:spelled, busses:buses?
Also, I always thought that written language change was a slow process, but I'm only 45 and that doesn't seem time enough for such changes to take place. Is it the computer age that brought about such rapid change? I'm curious.