• In all fairness, “sneaked” is more correct than “snuck,” though “snuck” has apparently sneaked into acceptability. It wasn’t always considered correct, though, and those of us from Jennifer Garner’s generation had its incorrectness crammed down our throats in grade school. Well, I did, anyway. A usage note from Merriam-Webster:

    From its earliest appearance in print in the late 19th century as a dialectal and probably uneducated form, the past and past participle snuck has risen to the status of standard and to approximate equality with sneaked. Indications are that it is continuing to grow in frequency. It is most common in the U.S. and Canada, but has also been spotted in British and Australian English. [full citation]

    Of course, that doesn’t excuse her for being ungracious about it, but Conan could have conceded that it hasn’t always been correct.

    But all this is tilting at a windmill with oddly prominent cheekbones and a mannish jaw.

    April 12, 2004
  • Sneaked, Snucked, Smacked

    What you say is true. What was hard to take was Garner’s self-importance. I think it must have struck O’Brien similarly, hence his public embarrasment of her. At least he didn’t ask if she was wearing falsies.

    April 12, 2004
  • Re: Sneaked, Snucked, Smacked

    False boobs or false cheekbones?

    You know, I probably would have let her have it too, if she were being that pompous. And if I’d realized that “snuck” was in fact correct.

    April 12, 2004

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