hanged vs hung : Common Errors in English

About hanged vs hung

Originally these words were pretty much interchangeable, but “hanged” eventually came to be used pretty exclusively to mean “executed by hanging.” Does nervousness about the existence of an indelicate adjectival form of the word prompt people to avoid the correct word in such sentences as “Lady Wrothley saw to it that her ancestors’ portraits were properly hung”? Nevertheless, “hung” is correct except when capital punishment is being imposed or someone commits suicide.

hung Meaning(s)

  • (n) a special way of doing something
  • (n) the way a garment hangs
  • (n) a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is supported by the arms
  • (v) be suspended or hanging
  • (v) cause to be hanging or suspended
  • (v) kill by hanging
  • (v) let drop or droop
  • (v) fall or flow in a certain way
  • (v) be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive
  • (v) give heed (to)
  • (v) be suspended or poised
  • (v) hold on tightly or tenaciously
  • (v) be exhibited
  • (v) prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
  • (v) decorate or furnish with something suspended
  • (v) be placed in position as by a hinge
  • (v) place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction
  • (v) suspend (meat) in order to get a gamey taste

hanged in News

  1. Elko County Pays $30,000 To Settle Jail Suicide Lawsuit

    ELKO - Elko County has agreed to a $30,000 settlement with the estate of a 49-year-old Colorado man who hanged himself at the county jail while being held on drug charges in June 2010. James Duhon told jail employees he was a heroin addict and suffering
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

  2. Elko County pays $30K to settle jail suicide suit

    ELKO, Nev.—Elko County has agreed to a $30,000 settlement with the estate of a 49-year-old Colorado man who hanged himself at the county jail while being held on drug charges in June 2010.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Denver Post

  3. Jiah Khan's Boyfriend Arrested, Suspected of Abetting Bollywood Actress' Suicide

    Bollywood actress Jiah Khan (r.) was found hanged in an alleged suicide on June 3. Her boyfriend Suraj Pancholi has just been arrested under suspicion of abetting her death.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: US Weekly

hung in News

  1. Photos: Astros 6, Mariners 1

    The Astros hung six runs on the Mariners in the top of the 9th inning to come away with the win and snap their six-game losing streak.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Houston Chronicle

  2. Rain, hail and even tornadoes threaten Thursday’s action at the U.S. Open

    ARDMORE, Pa. — Spectators at Wednesday's practice round at the U.S. Open were lucky. The sun was shining, temperatures hung in the mid-80s and all the early-week rain troubles at Merion Golf Club were nothing but a memory. The only … Continue reading ?
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Devil Ball Golf via Yahoo! Sports

  3. In brief: Homicide retrial ends in hung jury - Wed, 12 Jun 2013 PST

    Daniel Lazcano, accused of killing a Rosalia, Wash., man, will go free once again after a retrial ended in another hung jury Monday afternoon. After two days of deliberation, the jury could not convict Lazcano on charges of kidnapping and killing Marcus Schur. The jury split 11-1 in favor of conviction, Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy said.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Spokesman-Review

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