Sunday, September 16, 2012

Can You Dig It?

I came across this sentence in the Chicago Sun-Times, online:
She digged at Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his handpicked school board that includes hotel heiress Penny Pritzker.
My question is: is "digged" proper for some reason, rather than "dug"? "Digged" is listed as "archaic" at

The meaning, in context, lines up with the usage "get in a dig," meaning to make a hurtful or critical remark.

Of course, people occasionally do use 2 different forms of the past tense for a verb, depending on the meaning of the verb.

Most men would rather be hung than hanged.

Would you rather be digged or dug?
Or does the question merit a shrug?

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