“Forebode”? Verboten!

But some religious authorities, too, have acted with anti-adaptive zeal. In my own Catholicism, the diocese of Raleigh, N.C., didn’t just cancel Masses and close churches; it forebode [my bolding] its priests to attempt experiments like drive-through confessions that might make social distancing and the sacraments compatible.

(Ross Douthat, “When Coronavirus Lockdowns Go Too Far,” NYTimes, 4-14,20)

The past tense of “forbid” is “forbade.”

The past tense of archaic “forebode” is “foreboded.”

Right is right, until it isn’t.

(c) 2020 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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