Posted by anonymouse on:
My mother had several absolute "no-nos" having to do with English usage.
We couldn't say "shut-up", "crap" or "snuck". Of course there are many worse things to say, but we didn't know any of those words at the time.
"Snuck" is the sound of the unsuccessful intake of breath, through the nose, with the intention of preventing a commandingly large glob of mucus from sliding out and settling on ones upper lip (or worse).
We were forbidden to say "snuck" and encouraged with smiles and cheese to say "sneaked".
"In American English "snuck" has become increasingly common as the past tense of "sneak". This is one of many cases in which people's humorously self-conscious use of dialect has influenced others to adopt it as standard and it now often seen even in sophisticated writing in the US. But it is safer to use the traditional form: "sneaked."
That is not to mention the obvious difference between honking "snuck" and the silky sound of "sneaked."
Do we really want to say "snuck"? Really??