Has anyone addressed this before? The past participle of "swim" is "swum." "Swam" is the simple past. You can say, "I swam three times last week" or "I have swum in that pool many times," but you can never say "I have swam ..." It's simply not correct English.
Sorry to be persnickety, but as a former book editor, it drives me crazy every time I see it, and I see it increasingly more often now that I spend so much time here.
Also, there's a lot of use of smilies in these parts. I don't know of any style guide that suggests or condones their usage but that doesn't seem to be stopping anyone!
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Thank you for pointing this out!!! It has always bothered me when I see people on this forum say such things as "I have swam". I have wanted to say something for a long time but figured it would be too picky.
OK, so while we are at it, the ones who never capitalize the letter at the beginning of the sentence or with a small "I" in the middle of the sentence also bug me. I can't read those posts. I know, it's my problem.
I do feel better having said it though.
I don't know exactly why, but I think lots of people think "swum" is not a word. I guess it just seems a little ungainly.
My personal pet peeve is when people confuse the word "loose" for "lose."
I'd also like to point out that--according to the search function--cheakamus is the first person to use the word "persnickety" on these forums. It seems we've all been rather niggardly* in using persnickety here.
* Darn it. I should have known Jim Thornton would have already used "niggardly."
Last edited by knelson; April 14th, 2011 at 10:00 AM.
Uh-oh, you used the "n" word!
... Or the continued use of "insure" when "ensure" is the word that should have been used!