What’s Up with “Hanged” and “Hung”?
When it comes to regular objects such as paintings and articles of clothing, we use “hung” as the past tense of “hang”:
- The doctor hung his lab coat inside his office wardrobe before he went home.
When it comes to the form of death (either execution or suicide), we use “hanged”:
- The music world mourned when Ian Curtis hanged himself.
The past tense of “hang” in the phrase “hang up the phone” is “hung,” e.g., “I hung up on her.” 📞
The past tense of the phrase “hang out” is “hung out,” as in “The Eleventh Doctor and his friends hung out yesterday and ate fish fingers and custard.”