The wrong word…

August 26, 2009

Suspect in U.S. model murder found dead in Canada

Local media said Jenkins hung himself, but Canadian police refused to confirm details of his death after finding his body in the motel room on Sunday.

Please remind your reporter and editor that in the English language, pictures are “hung” and people are “hanged” to death. If the rope was around his neck, then the English word is hanged.

Jimmy R.

Yes. A number of readers reminded us of the distinction: GBU Editor

Model Jasmine Fiore (L) is shown with reality TV star Ryan Alexander Jenkins in the pool at a hotel in Las Vegas in this image taken August 3, 2009 and released by celebrity website REUTERS/Courtesy TMZ/Handout

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My Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary says that either can be used, but that ‘hanged’ is more common.

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To Hang is an Irregular Verb regular-verbs/hang.html

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It’s a tragic loss anytime a beautiful woman dies.

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