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Thread: Staid vs. Stayed

  1. #1
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    Jun 2008

    Default Staid vs. Stayed

    Minor English question here - in diary entries from the war I keep seeing 'staid' used instead of 'stayed', for example, "Last night I staid at Mr. Green's house." Was staid taught back then, or just a common misspelling? One diarist is Horatio Nelson Taft, a very educated man and personal friend of the president, and he uses staid frequently. Was this just a language quirk of the time?
    Scott Lawalin
    Pvt., 49th Indiana

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Northeast PA


    You peaked my curiousity. has two meanings for it, adjective and verb. The verb form describes as follows:

    Archaic. a simple past tense and past participle of stay

    So, it looks like it was just a common spelling of the time
    Scott Mecca
    143rd Pennsylvania Inf. Co A
    Union Volunteers

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    Jul 2010
    Rancho San Rafael, Republic of the Pacific


    Spelling was not standardized in the 19th century. Words got spelled phonetically, a lot.
    Andrew Grim
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    In a semi-lirerate society, phonetic spelling abounds.

    And as shared, yes... there are "archaic" versions that go, or fade in an out, or are still used.

    We just had a discussion this past weekened over "-ed" versus '-t" past endings. Such as "I burnt the toast." versus "I burned the toast."

    Staid versus tayed is a bit more archaic than paid versus payed, or said versus sayed."

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