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It was a surprise for me to behold in one poem of A. E. Housman the strong form of the verb. I am curious and would like to ask some native speaker - is it still used today, does it look uncanny (but it is undoubtedly correct, since it is in Housman's poems )? Bogorm 19:52, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
What does the poem say? —Stephen 21:08, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
here. Bogorm 22:05, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
Oh, prest is just an obsolete spelling of pressed. It’s the same pronunciation. The spelling prest is no longer used or recognized. —Stephen 22:09, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
"Used" is not identical to "recognised", "prest" IS recognised (I asked about the usage, therefore thanks for answering), as the source from Webster's dictionary states, otherwise I would not have added it in the article. And it is quite official, has a rich literary background, unlike some marginal misspellings, which I wonder why are still kept as this one for example. Bogorm 22:17, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
By recognized, I mean that most people would not understand it, that is, would not recognize prest as a form of press...people would probably think it was a misspelling of priest. As for mozy, it will probably ultimately be deleted. —Stephen 22:30, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
Hopefully it will. I did not recognise "prest" either, and therefore I looked it up in yonder ditionary. Besides, this is a widespread rule for building participles in Danish, as, exempli gratia, kalde, pp kaldT, to call. While I did not expect to come across a similar paradigma here (even if as an exception), I am delighted by discovering it and I immediately took to it. Greetings. Bogorm 22:52, 16 August 2008 (UTC)


Webster 1913 says that this is also a word for what is now the treeshrew, or tupaia. I can't seem to find the evidence for this. Equinox 20:57, 31 August 2013 (UTC)