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Another FABULOUS comment from Grammar Girl

If I had $1 for every time I hear “look what that cat drug in”

GRAMMAR GIRL SAYS: First, let me be clear – the correct form of the word is “dragged.” I should have said, “I dragged myself over to the condo.” “Drag” is a regular verb, which means you add “d,” “ed,” or in this case “ged” to make it past tense. “Drag” becomes “dragged.”

“Drug” is Dialect

But it turns out that treating “drag” as an irregular verb and using “drug” as the past tense is common in some parts of America. Linguists call it dialect, which essentially means it’s a language quirk shared by a group of people. Dialect can be shared by any group of people; for example, quirks can be shared by people who live in the same region, were educated by the same system, or inhabit the same social class.

Using “drug” as the past tense of “drag” is a dialect common to people who live in the southern United States, but linguists have noted that it is used frequently in states as far west as Nebraska. Strangely, they don’t say anything about it being used widely in the West, where I’ve lived my whole life, so I can’t explain why I was confused.

About Beth McLaughlin

M E (Beth) McLaughlin started Adept Word Management in 1990 as a medical transcription company. Over the years there have been various threats to medical transcription, and as a result she has constantly sought new and innovative ways to transcribe for myriad types of clients. This has resulted in Adept transcribing over the years for the Human Genome Project, NASA astronaut debriefings, The New York Times, the United Nations, the Nobel Prize company, among others! She holds a double major in Anthropology and Sociology and did graduate coursework in Healthcare Administration.

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