Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: thrust / thrust / thrust.

thrust / thrust / thrust. So inflected. *”Thrusted” is a quite common error — e.g.: o “They thrusted [read ‘thrust’] pens, paper, footballs and jerseys over the fence top for Young to sign.” Gary Swan, “Young Already Trying to Run 49ers’ Camp,” S.F. Chron., 20 July 1998, at C1. o “Kournikova thrusted [read ‘thrust’] her fists and racket in the air.” Don Norcross, “Anna Gets Her Guns Going,” San Diego Union-Trib., 5 Aug. 2000, at D1. o “He lunged, he thrusted [read ‘thrust’], he parried and chopped.” Marie Villari, “Ironing Out the Wrinkles in This Story,” Post-Standard (Syracuse), 8 Mar. 2001, Madison §, at 5. Language-Change Index — *”thrusted” for past-tense “thrust”: Stage 1. *Invariably inferior form. For information about the Language-Change Index click here. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “The representative writer is quite willing to get his knowledge of jail secondhand.” Richard Tooker, Writing for a Living 57 (1945).
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