Talk:burn

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Is there not a standard consensus that the preterite is 'burnt' and participle is 'burned'? —This unsigned comment was added by 130.195.86.38 (talkcontribs).

In the UK the simple past (preterite) and past participle are both burnt. I assume burned is primarily a US/Americanism.--Williamsayers79 10:31, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
We could use a usage note here. For example in British English you'd say "the candle burned" (ongoing) but "I burnt the toast". Equinox 17:03, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

Stream / brook[edit]

Aren't sense 2 and 3 pretty much the same? The etymology seems identical? Wakuran 11:14, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Possibly. Also see bourn and bourne. We need some good Old English entries to work from, which I have requested. DCDuring TALK 02:36, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Prison slang for tobacco[edit]

The entry for hand-rolling tobacco or 'burn' in prison slang has been deleted. To call tobacco as 'burn' by prison inmates has been common in British prisons since circa 1953. Tobacco - or so-called 'burn' also an unofficial currency among prisoners. I would suggest the user deleting the definition should check the facts with HM Prison Service before deleting articles on a wiki project. (17 August 2010) —This comment was unsigned.

  • All you have to do is provide evidence. For instance, find a book (see Google book search) that uses the term in your sense. SemperBlotto 13:23, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
  • I've now found the requisite three cites and re-added the sense. Thryduulf (talk) 23:53, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
    • ... and its deleted again, this time along with the edit history. —This unsigned comment was added by 82.43.220.87 (talkcontribs).
      • Nope, still there - [1] and no edit history has been deleted at this title. Thryduulf (talk) 16:19, 18 August 2010 (UTC)