Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Roger Funkhauser wrote to me at email@example.com and asked. “Is it more proper to use ‘ice tea’ instead of ‘iced tea’ or doesn’t it make a difference?"
It should definitely be iced tea. It has to be the past participle form. Ice tea would be made from ice. Iced tea is tea that has been iced. The past participle form emphasizes something that has been _______. That said, since d and t are dentals (formed by touching the tongue against the back of the teeth), elision quite naturally takes place, so it sounds like ice tea. The mistake has been compounded by the popular rapper Ice-T, formerly known as Tracy Lauren Marrow.
Here are some other misspelled past participle forms:
MISTAKE SHOULD BE
shell peas shelled peas
ice beer iced beer
an occupy seat an occupied seat
husk corn husked corn
mask man masked man
french fry potatoes french fried potatoes
checker past checkered past
unleash dog unleashed dog
block punt blocked punt
broke faucet broken faucet
froze food frozen food
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