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I have just read two headlines on a very respected London newspaper's website:

Osborne warns cuts will have to [be?] beared

Emergency budget: bear cuts or face "road to ruin"

Am I correct that the word "beared" is being used instead of "borne"?

If I am:

(a) Is this the usual form used in the United Kingdom?

(b) Or did someone at the newspaper make a mistake?

Thank you.
 

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Which paper, Parser?
 

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If this is so, I cannot find '...cuts will have to be beared'.

'...borne' would be the correct word to use here; 'beared' is definitely a mistake.

Rover
 

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Thank you, Nightmare and Rover (alphabetical order), for your kind replies.

Yes, it was the Guardian. I did not mention its name, for I never want to

embarrass anyone or anything.

I hear that the British papers are dismissing many copy editors (American

term) whose job it is to find such mistakes. Strange isn't it that someone

could possibly think the past participle of "to bear" is "beared." Maybe a

a local dialect thing?

Thanks again for reassuring me.
 

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I have just read two headlines on a very respected London newspaper's website:

Osborne warns cuts will have to [be?] beared

Emergency budget: bear cuts or face "road to ruin"

Am I correct that the word "beared" is being used instead of "borne"?

If I am:

(a) Is this the usual form used in the United Kingdom?

(b) Or did someone at the newspaper make a mistake?

Thank you.

UPDATE:

An excellent American ESL teacher has suggested that it may have

been a play on words: bared/beared (borne).

Let's hope so. It would be terrifying to think that the headline writer

had written that word otherwise.
 
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