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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 (talk).

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)
I'm not sure that's true. Maybe you find "burned" less acceptable in "I burnt the toast" because it's closer to the adjective "burnt". But "burnt" is the standard British form in all cases, and "burned" is an alternative form.
So you'd say "my face burnt with humiliation"? Sounds wrong to me. Equinox 23:03, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
Well... I don't know. "Burnt with humiliation" gets but 35 hits on google books, "burned with humiliation" gets 2.630. With "burn(t/ed) the toast" it's 1.310 vs. 2.250. I don't know how much this means, but admittedly there may be a tendency.

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 (talk).
      • Nope, still there - [1] and no edit history has been deleted at this title. Thryduulf (talk) 16:19, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

Sick burn[edit]

Sick burn is all over the press after the 2015 Presidential State of the Union address. Slang. As in burned being an insult, and sick as in awesome. [2][3][4][5][6][7]. Synonymous with zinger. There are no redirects or mention anywhere on Wiktionary. Has a previous history[8][9]. -- Green Cardamom (talk) 01:50, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

While it was technically covered by verb sense 15: "To insult or defeat." combined with noun sense 3: "The act of burning something.", I added a specific noun sense. The wording could no doubt use some improvement. Chuck Entz (talk) 02:31, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

Poker noun[edit]

We have a verb sense for card games, but this also seems to be a noun in poker. Any ideas? Equinox 11:30, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Different etymology for verb burn[edit]

The Middle English brenne is the ancestor of the verb form of burn.Wing gundam (talk) 00:24, 28 August 2016 (UTC)