Hanged vs. Hung

I was editing and saw a figure caption where three different well logs were “hanged” from a certain datum for comparison. I had to laugh. You see, “hanged” is used as a past participle when someone is put to death by hanging from a rope – especially here in Texas. “Hung” is the past tense and past participle of the verb “to hang” if you are using a wall as opposed to a tree limb, and when you are hanging an object as opposed to a person.

Hung Examples:
I hung the freshly starched and ironed battenburg lace curtains in the kitchen window. (past)
My husband had hung the three framed Al Richardson oilfield sketches in the hallway. (past participle)

Hanged Example:
The guy who took the last cup of coffee on Monday morning and didn’t make any more should be hanged, cut down, cremated, and his ashes put in a coffee filter, and then push “brew.”
What’s in a name?
I saw a truck of the commercial van style with the following company name painted on it:
TNT Electrical Contractors
This sort of name does not give a good idea of the contractor’s safety record in installing electrical systems.

TNT Demolition Contractors, maybe, but TNT Electrical Contractors is not a good name.
Funny Typo of the Day:
They are having an Employee Appreciation Luncheon over here at my office this Friday. (Sorry, all you folks fasting for Ramadan, maybe next year they will take that into consideration.)
Anyway, the flyer they emailed to everybody said the following:
“Buffett starts at 11:45 am.”

I hope a flock of parrot-heads doesn’t show up wondering where singer Jimmy Buffett is.
I’m sure the office is not ready for Margaritaville; they were planning a simple buffet.

Quote of the Day:
“Dullness is the only crime for which an editor ought to be hung.”
Josephus Daniels, American newspaper editor, US Secretary of the Navy during World War I, 1862-1948

Note: Yes, you can use “hung” for people on a rope (“hanged” is preferred), but you cannot use “hanged” for pictures, curtains, or well logs.


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