Do you think the interloping 'a' in the past tense and past participle of "lead" is here to stay?

I almost never see the (formerly?) correct spelling anymore. “Lead” seems to have replaced it even in writing by relatively literate folk.

I can’t help but feel that it’ll only be another 10 years or so before “lead” is listed as an alternate spelling of “led” in the OED.

Sure is a headscratcher

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I certainly hope not.

I red about this recently


Show me who does this and I’ll set my anonymous troll army on them!

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Hadn’t noticed this before.

I’m fucking seething at the thought. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’ll get the English Faculty on it straight away.


Good use of “interloping”.


The edits on this post are quite something.

My thoughts on the OP: I sort of have seen this. Obviously it’s not helped by lead being the element also. Led is an odd word and it feels unusually onomatopoeic for English, so maybe that helps to muddy things.

Either that or everyone thinks Led Zeppelin’s name is some kind of spelling joke like The Beatles?

It is though (I mean, it’s a deliberate misspelling of “lead”). The “led” in question in this thread is the one used in “led astray”, I thought?

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Sure it is a play on words but I was (jokingly) implying that people thought Led Zep invented a fake word ‘led’ just to be cool, like ‘Beatles’ was fake.

are you saying…

that the Beatles never existed???


As for that name, here’s the version Wikipedia relates:

ne account of how the new band’s name was chosen held that Moon and Entwistle had suggested that a supergroup with Page and Beck would go down like a “lead balloon”, an idiom for disastrous results.[16] The group dropped the ‘a’ in lead at the suggestion of their manager, Peter Grant, so that those unfamiliar with the term would not pronounce it “leed”.[17] The word “balloon” was replaced by “zeppelin”, a word which, according to music journalist Keith Shadwick, brought “the perfect combination of heavy and light, combustibility and grace” to Page’s mind.[16]

Mate I’m using up all my energy worrying about “draw” becoming an acceptable replacement for “drawer” in this awful country. Please don’t put any more of this stuff on my plate.

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this thread is top draw

Seeing an increasing frequency of “peak” instead of “peek” as well lately, including in the captions at the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Post cannot be correct.

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We have reached peak people using words incorrectly.

Well now, in Australia the phrase is ‘top shelf’ not ‘top drawer’ which obviously makes all Aussies over here sound like they’re smut fiends.

top shelf liquor, mate

liquor? I hardly even know her

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