March 1, 2013

The first sentence of the Feb. 25 front-page article “Changes in Natitudes, latitudes” read, “Last year, the insurgent Nationals snuck up on Washington fans.” I have for some time been wondering when the past tense of the word “sneak” became the non-word “snuck.” I am therefore suggesting, if snuck is now the way to go, that we handle all words similar to sneak the same way. If we do so, we could end up with a few lines like this:

I recently noticed that the sink in our kitchen luck. So I snuck below and puck at the pipes underneath. I was fruck out when I realized that they ruck of a terrible odor. So I suck a telephone book to find a good plumber.

Howard O. Allen, Middleburg