Un-Words, Pt. V

I took four semesters of Latin in both high school and college. While it sounds impressive, it hasn’t benefitted me greatly, from what I can tell. But all of that conjugating verbs and noun declension has highlighted a severe infraction for me:

Sunt is the third person plural form of the Latin verb sum, which means “to be.” This being the case, you people out there who say sunt as the equivalent of sent are as wrong as unshaven legs enveloped in sheer nylons with stray hairs sticking out but it, undoubtedly, makes the old skeletons lying in Roman Empire graves twitch with aggravation.

Example sentence: I sunt her over there to the Piggly Wiggly to pick up some hamhocks for the greens I’m cooking later.

(What are hamhocks, by the way? Pork? Beef? Goat? From where do hamhocks come, you culinary enthusiasts? From where?)

Sunt is not past tense for send in English. Sent, however, is. Come on, people!

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~ by MsInklination on August 31, 2009.

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