Drownding: Why the extra d?
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Yes, I do mean drown in the present continuous.
I was wondering if it's narrowed to a specific location (I thought of it while listening to a musician from Texas who said it - but I've heard it in New England as well...), or if it's one of those laziness things where the mouth finds it easier to say - but that doesn't seem logical...
Or consider thunder, which was þunor, like is Donner in High German, and the whole question of Dunder and Blixem vs. Donner and Blitzen.
What's interesting is while it's been around for a long time and in many places, it's always been dialectical or non-standard. And that it seems to always make the list of things to avoid if you need to talk posh.
#3: Fascinating historical linguistic info! I'm inspired to go back and study more about the history of English/Germanic/IE.
I don't think I've ever heard it outside of that context, or in dialects that use similar rules (as in Tom Sawyer). But I've never read more than a few pages of Tolkien.