Matthew 5:9 tells us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” In that spirit, knowing how much contention is out there on this vitally important topic, let me point those of you who need guidance–nay, a peace that will finally be provided to your warring souls–to this article: “Pleaded vs. Pled” from Daily Writing Tips.
I’m not the cleanest or clearest of writers here on my blog, in terms of grammar, etc. I try, but my haste often gets the better of me. But, that’s part of what’s nice about a blog. It’s a bit informal and a nice way to keep writing gears lubed without worrying too much that the writing is not “up to snuff” for major publication. Still, I do try to write as cleanly and clearly as I can.
And I am the sort of fellow who enjoys an occasional, impassioned discussion about the subtleties of syntax, the wonders of word choice, the glories of grammar, or the peculiarities of punctuation. I suppose I’ve demonstrated that in previous posts, such as the two (really? two?) on whether to put one or two spaces between sentences: “I repent! No more two-spacing! (See!)” and “One or two spaces after a period? The controversy continues…” (Actually, as I search through my old posts I can’t believe I have never addressed the pedigree of “they” as a valid third-person singular pronoun, which is something I just knew I had blogged about. Expect a brief post on the matter in the future… And what? I haven’t written about the Oxford Comma? Just what have I been wasting my time on with this blog, anyway?!?)
In that last “two spaces” post, I mentioned the Daily Writing Tips website, which I enjoy reading each day. Technically, I read its e-mailed newsletter, and today’s newsletter featured the debate between those who use “pleaded” as the past tense of “plead” and those who use “pled.” Like the “Two/One Spaces” controversy, passions apparently run high. I thought the article was a nice, thorough covering of the matter (and one which points out why being so judgmental on such a thing is, at best, over the top).