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Plucky Brit heads our way to import casks of English ale

The York Press reports on Phil Saltonstall's plans to import English cask ale here - and ship craft US ale back to the old country - once he moves here with his wife, Harriet, who becomes Her Majesty's representative in New England in August.

And, yes, he's one of the original Saltonstalls, from which line our Brahmins sprang.

H/t Steve Garfield.

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I know that there are a lot of wicked smart people reading this, so can someone tell us why "sprang" is a word and "brang" isn't, or why "sprought" isn't the simple past tense of "to spring"?

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Modern English words that follow the pattern spring - sprang - sprung are the descendants of Old English "strong" verbs, which shift tenses by shifting the vowel in the first syllable. In some cases, like "spring", the word has survived more or less completely intact in all its forms.

"Bring" is a special case, as the main form of the OE verb, bringan, is weak, and thus its past tense is brohte. However, occasionally bringan is attested as a strong verb with the past tense brungen. So "brung" isn't really that incorrect.

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