Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: strike / struck / struck.

So inflected. The form *"striked" is erroneous — e.g.: o “The No. 8 Hillbillies striked [read ‘struck’] next when Jack McDaniels returned an interception 97 yards to knot the score at 7.” “N. Marion Breezes over Huntington,” Charleston Gaz., 22 Nov. 1997, at B4. o “As recently as the late Sixties, British post-war race relations hit a low when white workers at the Bristol Omnibus Company striked [read ‘struck’] in protest against the employment of non-whites.” Lindsay Baker, “The Slow Burn,” Guardian, 28 Mar. 1998, at T17. o “‘Okie from Muskogee’ was for his father, he said, as the band striked [read ‘struck’] it up.” Chris Varias, “Merrier Merle’s Mere Hour Better than ’97 Show,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 2 Oct. 1998, at E2. Language-Change Index — *"striked" for “struck”: Stage 1. *Invariably inferior forms. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “While in certain sentences expressing strong feeling, the word which more especially implies that feeling may often with advantage be a many-syllabled or Latin one; in the immense majority of such cases, each word serving but as a step to the idea embodied by the whole sentence, should, if possible, be a one-syllabled or Saxon one.” Herbert Spencer, Philosophy of Style 21 ([1871]; repr. 1959).
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