Because I am often second-guessing myself, and because experience has taught me to proofread at least one more time after I know the writing is perfect, I reread the blog about the fox today. I kept getting stuck at the word “slunk.” It’s not a word I use often. I don’t think I’ve read it often, either.
Wondering if I’d used it properly, because it sounds funny, I thought about the alternatives: The fox had slinked; The fox slunk; The fox had slunk. Oh, mercy, maybe he had simply crawled away!
I thought about my reference books but I don’t have anything with verb conjugations. (It would be a thick book.) Then I remembered the Internet. Sure enough, “verb conjugation” came up with 9,680,000 results and this wonderful page, which is now in my “Favorites” folder, along with a thesaurus, encyclopedia and several dictionary sites: http://conjugation.com/verb/slink.
I feel better now.