Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: teach/taught/taught.

So inflected. *”Teached” is a form that isn’t taught anywhere and is no part of standard English. But it sometimes appears — e.g.: o “Bert John Berghorst worked with the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and formerly teached [read ‘taught’] at the West Ottawa schools.” “Teacher, Theater Figure Discovered Dead in Home,” Grand Rapids Press, 26 Sept. 1995, at A10 (story deck). o “Felicia Brunson with African-American art in her home, teached [read ‘taught’] respect.” “Hate Shatters Harmony,” Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale), 20 Feb. 1998, at A1 (photo caption). o “Royston said he teached [read ‘taught’] youngsters and adults to either cover a grease fire before it spreads or put it out with baking soda.” Caryl R. Lucas, “Belleville Kids Honored for Saving Their Moms in Separate House Fires,” Star-Ledger (Newark), 11 Nov. 1998, at 43. Language-Change Index — *”teached” for “taught”: Stage 1. *Invariably inferior form. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “The trouble with taboo words and their replacements is that the replacement quickly tends to develop its own taboo, whereupon it, too, has to be replaced.” Mario Pei, “Problems of Semantics,” in Language Today: A Survey of Current Linguistic Thought 59, 72 (Mario Pei ed., 1967).
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