Revised as of 18 February 2018
The word confusion over hanged versus hung came up in John Sandford’s Storm Prey, 20, and I was curious.
Letty is wondering about “he hanged up on me” or “she was really hanged up on that guy” or “he is really well hanged’. And Lucas tells her that people are hanged by the neck until dead but everything else is hung. Naturally, I just gotta explore it!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Merriam-Webster: hang|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Normally used in reference to execution by hanging.||The normal form in most general uses.|
|Past tense or past participle for the present tense hang
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Suspend or be suspended from above with the lower part dangling free
[North American] Informal way of saying hang around
Be killed by hanging
[Be hung with] Be adorned with pictures or other decorations
[North American] Informal way of saying hang out
[Computing] Come or cause to come unexpectedly to a state in which no further operations can be carried out
Remain static in the air
Paste (wallpaper) to a wall
Remain static in the air
[Of a juror] Prevent (a jury) from reaching a verdict by a dissenting vote
Both men were hanged.
They could all go hang.
He was hanged for murder.
She hanged herself in her cell.
I’m hanged if I know.
The walls of her hall were hung with examples of her work.
Dang, the computer’s hung up again.
Oh, they hung out here for a few days.
So, Mabel, is he as well hung as they say?
The room in which the pictures were hung was just painted last week.
This blend of silk and wool hung well and resisted creases.
The boys hung around for a few hours.
A haze of smoke hung below the ceiling.
A sense of dread hung over him for days.
The actors hung loose as they awaited their turn.
The time hung heavily as they listened to her cries.
A sense of doom hung over everyone as they waited in the security line at the airport.
There was a steady hum throughout the gathering, for the election hung on one vote.
It was embarrassing the way she hung on to his every word.
She hung around for a few minutes.
He had hung the picture over the fireplace.
That’s where people hung their wash.
We hung that wallpaper some two years ago, I think.
They had a hung jury in Welton vs Black.
He hung his hat up and made himself to home.
Poor bastard, they hung him out to dry.
Don’t forget to hang a left when you get to Main and Turner.
They had hung their hopes on her marrying Tom.
|Adjective: hangable, hanging
Noun: hang, hanging
hang around with
hang on to
hang something on
hang up [something]hang tough
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: before the 12th century
Partly from the Old English hangian ( both an intransitive and transitive verb) related to the Dutch and German hangen and reinforced by the Old Norse hanga and partly from the Old English hōn (a transitive verb) which evolved into the Middle English hon. Both are akin to the Old High German hāhan, a transitive verb meaning to hang.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?