I keep reading, from people who should know better, that Saddam will be “hung” in the next few months. This is a long-standing irritant for me, in my cranky grammarian disguise.
People who are executed by hanging by the neck until they are dead are hanged. Pictures are hung on the wall…and sometimes people are hung, or well-hung, but that’s a bit of personal information that I don’t even really want to consider about Saddam.
Saddam will be hanged. Whether he’s hung or not.
At least that’s the way I always learned it…and we all know that I’m always grammatically correct, myself! 😉