This team needs to draft a participle

  • Eight teams have showed interest in Tom Brady

Old news, I know, but this March 13 post is still annoying me, long after Tom first defiled himself by donning a Tampa Bay jersey.

In English, we say have shown, not have showed.

(Which of course makes speakers of most other languages absolutely crazy. Because what’s the past participle for, anyway?)

To be fair, writer Sam Marsdale doesn’t control his own headlines. In the digital world, as in the old-fashioned newspaper biz, some editor decides how an article will be headlined.

So some editor at has showed that he or she needs to learn about the past participle.

Note to other editorial teams: Don’t trade for this editor.


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