Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
I started thinking about this a while ago. The question is this:
What is the correct past tense form of the verb “ping”?
Thinking about my own usage, I always use pinged for the transitive (“You pinged me yesterday?”). Sometimes I use pung for the intransitive (“I just pung out yet again.”), but not always (“I keep getting pinged, I can’t get anything done” and “He just pinged out, he’ll be back.”) The OED listing for ping is this (according to Dictionary.app, Mac OS X 10.4.9) :
ping, verb [intrans.] 1 make such a sound. • [trans.] cause (something) to make a such a sound. 2 to query another computer on a TCP/IP network to determine whether there is a connection to it. • contact a person briefly (esp. electronically) for a brief purpose : he just pinged me, pointing to a breaking news story.
I’ll try to start using “pinged” in all cases from now on.
Additionally, I’d like to apologize for the for the lack of updates in the past month—I’ve been attempting to get my blog on Planet Mozilla, and I have a number of Mozilla-related posts that I’d like published there. So far though, I’m not on it. Partially my fault for not bugging the right people enough, but both they and I are extremely busy. Expect more updates soon :)