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06 October 2012 @ 08:22 pm
Grammar question  
Sign: "Shoplifters will be smote by the Gods and then turned over to the police."

Should that be "...will be smitten..."?
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on October 7th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)

Smitten seems to be past tense... It just sounds better when I read it aloud.
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on October 7th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
Yes, it should. I think the problem is that people are so used to "smitten" as a metaphor for being in love that they forget that it's a form of a verb that has other uses.
LeiaCat: greyleiacat on October 7th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
That's definitely my problem with it. Were it "smitten" in that context, I'd assume that the establishment advertises that its gods are sp fabulous that one will promptly develop a crush on them should one meet them.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 7th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Hm. How about, "Do not shoplift, for the Gods will smite you and the humans will turn you over to the police"?

browngirl on October 8th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
I like that. (Sign, that is.)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 8th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
I don't remember where I picked up this quote, whether I saw it somewhere or actually reported spam to the ISP and was copied on the reply, but you might also enjoy:

If you are the sender of this spam mail, please behave yourself. Seednet will transfer your spam mail to your ISP, and certain penalty will surely fall upon you. -- Seednet Antispam
Tim Illingworth: default jasper librarytimill on October 7th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
Indeed. I think it's "smote" in the active and "smitten" in the passive, BICBW.

Either is better than "smited" ;-)
Xiphias Gladiusxiphias on October 7th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Yes, it should. But "smote" sounds better, even though it's wrong.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 7th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
My mileage varies :-) .
Angela di Tenebreditenebre on October 7th, 2012 08:50 am (UTC)
Yes, it should have been written as smitten. :)
Gnome: Howlgnomentum on October 7th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
I'm with 'smitten' too, though I have cheeky leanings toward 'smaught' :P
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 7th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
I cannot find it anywhere, but I have vague memories of a James Thurber essay including a sentence to the effect of "Smite not the smitten, lest thee thyself be smooted."
Gnome: Playinggnomentum on October 7th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Smooted! I love it!
Genetypographer on October 7th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
At least it didn't say "smoted."
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 8th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
Genetypographer on October 8th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
I should have realized the grammarist would have information on this:

gh4acws on October 11th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
I do wonder
what gods ? And using what implements?

Can't be Thor or Zeus because there might not be anything left to turn over to civil authority.