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    Bear or Bare

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by muse243, Sep 19, 2010.

    If I'm trying to say that I realized the painting had my signature on it, would I say:
    The painting bared my signature
    or
    The painting beared my signature?
     
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    Neither 'the painting bore your signature' or 'the painting bears your signature'

    I hope I got that right lol
     
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    The painting bears your signature. If it bares your signature, it lays it out naked for all to see.

    Look up the verb to bear in the dictionary. One of the definitions will be to hold, wear, or carry. That is the meaning that applies in this case. A related meaning is to give birth to, but that extends from the notion that the mother carries the child within her until the moment of birth.

    As Charlotte points out, the past tense of to bear is bore:

    He bore a tattooed sigil upon his forehead, denoting his tribe.
     
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    yup!
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Now I want to have a character who bore a bare bored bear tatoo.
     
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    ...who bore a hole in a boar with his bare fist.
     
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    Once upon a barren moor
    There dwelt a bear, also a boar.
    The bear could not bear the boar.
    The boar thought the bear a bore.
    At last the bear could bear no more
    Of that boar that bored him on the moor,
    And so one morn he bored the boar -
    That boar will bore the bear no more.
     
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    ... which you could only see if he were bare."
     
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    Nice. :D
     
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    brill, than!!!
     
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    Not mine. :)
     
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    huh?... that bit of delicious doggerel was posted by you, was it not?...
     
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    I meant I'm not the author. It's part of a collection of tongue twisters.
     
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    And don't forget the right to bare arms!
     
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    Or to arm bears.
     
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    ok, then you should have cited the source... to not do so is a major no-no...
     
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    Ah...Thanshin's post didn't bear a citation. It was bare in that regard.
     
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    I don't think it has a source other than "anonymous". It's an old tongue twister.

    I'll try to find the origin.

    [Edit: Nope, no luck. I have no idea of the origin of that. I found something about Sherlock Holmes and "The moor" but I don't think it originated there.]
     
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    ok, but in such instances, citing it as 'anon.' is better than letting readers of the post think it's yours...
     

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