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to suggest "taxt" as the past participle of the verb "to text"?

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Flannelmcpoppety Sat 28-May-16 21:12:31

I find it unsettling when people use "text" as the past participle ("yesterday I text my mum").

But single syllable verbs ending in t or d often have irregular past participles. Eg "texted" or "sitted" or "hitted" is a bit of a mouthful.

I think an "e" often gets turned into an "a" in these situations.

So, whaddaya reckon, MN? "Taxt"? If we all use it, it'll definitely catch on.

Flashbangandgone Sat 28-May-16 21:13:44

I like it! Makes sense.

PPie10 Sat 28-May-16 21:14:02

Sounds cringe.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 28-May-16 21:14:28


A perfect solution.

Now all you have to do is make it catch on.

ScarletOverkill Sat 28-May-16 21:15:22


Flannelmcpoppety Sat 28-May-16 21:16:13

Thanks!! Let's start saying it.

Ppie - it only sounds cringe because you're not used to's just the same as sit/sat. Or shit/shat but this may not help my cause.

hesterton Sat 28-May-16 21:18:15

Do you mean past participle or imperfect tense?

booksandcoffee Sat 28-May-16 21:18:28

Noooooooo, it'seems too taxing. 😉

SisterViktorine Sat 28-May-16 21:18:47

No I don't like it.

What about 's'ext'- contraction of 'sent a text'.

hesterton Sat 28-May-16 21:19:20

I mean perfect tense sorry. I'm perfectly t would be was texting which is fine.

hesterton Sat 28-May-16 21:19:50

Fuck it.


I hate autocorrect

BonitaFangita Sat 28-May-16 21:20:57

No. that's a complete sentence

Flannelmcpoppety Sat 28-May-16 21:21:32

Dunno - I thought I meant past participle...but grew up not under Gove/Nick Morgan so not too hot on the old grammatical terminology tbh grin

Flannelmcpoppety Sat 28-May-16 21:22:40

Altho obvs am a massive pedant...

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 28-May-16 21:23:14

No - is never a complete sentence. Just a downright rude answer.

WorraLiberty Sat 28-May-16 21:24:18

Oh no.

It reminds me of the 1980s, when teens couldn't walk in certain areas for fear of getting 'taxed' for their trainers grin

<< Old gimmer alert >>

hesterton Sat 28-May-16 21:24:33

I think past participle is like this...

Hesterton, having been taxt by her dh, knew the mil's arrival was imminent.

Perfect tense:

I text you last night; why didn't you answer?

hesterton Sat 28-May-16 21:25:02


Justanotherlurker Sat 28-May-16 21:26:04

I think text is default now, and TBH I don't see an issue with it, then again I'm not a humanities degree grad with a severe case of pedantry so I'm not the target audience.


hesterton Sat 28-May-16 21:26:24

That's a passive past participle thinking about it.

Should perhaps be:

Hesterton, having taxt her dh, knew the arrivals was imminent.

Flannelmcpoppety Sat 28-May-16 21:29:01

Are they quite often the same form, in English? Part participles and perfect/imperfect?

"Having sat on" "I sat on it"

Etc? Anyway, I suggest we use taxt for both.

thecatfromjapan Sat 28-May-16 21:30:24

"Texted" is a mouthful? It's two syllables. Two.

Are we really living in a world where two syllables is just asking too much of people?

hesterton Sat 28-May-16 21:30:46


Flannelmcpoppety Sat 28-May-16 21:30:55

Just to be clear - I don't mind text from a pedantry form of view. I think it's ok. But since it's a brand new verb, if we can influence it, I think I'd rather go for the irregular sort that changes a bit so you can tell the difference between present and past.

hesterton Sat 28-May-16 21:32:07

Texted is ugly. It sounds so wrong. I tend to use text for all tenses. Or if I'm being proper, I don't use it as a verb but stick to 'I sent a text.'

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