praught

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

By analogy teach : taught :: preach : X, where X = praught. Apparently a modern jocular construction but taken seriously by some. In print, generally appearing as a nonce in a much-quoted doggerel verse, attributed by some to Phoebe Cary in 1854, appearing in Punchinello 1.27 in 1870, there attributed to Amos Keeter. See quot. 1870.

Verb[edit]

praught

  1. (nonstandard) simple past tense and past participle of preach
    • 1870 Amos Keeter, “The Lovers,” in Punchinello Vol. 1 No. 27. [1]
      SALLY SALTER, she was a young teacher, who taught,
      And her friend, CHARLEY CHURCH, was a preacher, who praught;
      Though his enemies called him a screecher, who scraught.
    • 1996-05-22 The Anglican Mailing List [2]
      [...] I don't remember the earnest soul who praught it [...]
    • 2000-01-30 Larne Parish Homily Archive [3]
      They praught in the synagogue every Sabbath, week in, week out.
    • 2000-11-18 CHRIST AND CUPID: a sermon praught by Richard Major in the church of St Mark, Florence. [subtitle] [4]
    • 2002-08-16 The Church of Ireland Gazette Online [5]
      [...] including, by the way, York Minster where in 1999 he praught at the consecration of a new area bishop.
    • 2004-05 Beautful Feet International Ministries [6]
      So, I ‘praught’ at this group (median age of late 60’s-70’s J) just like they were teenagers [...]
    • 2004-06-01 Ian McLeod's Confusticated World [7]
      Yesterday our new preacher praught a very good lesson, in which he stated [...]
    • 2005-09-19 Xander: And the Army is disciplined... [8]
      I went to Balga Corps in the morning, then praught at a youth meeting at Morley Corps in the evening.

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