This is rather a comforting conclusion, in the sense that it is what we might predict from basic principles: a place where the system is confused is becoming rather more regularized with the regular verb forms taking over from irregular ones, and the irregular ones becoming specialized, often in rather fixed expressions such as cleft plate, cleft chin, cleft stick
, cloven hoof.
ITalk about a man caught in a cleft stick
. The arch-betrayer and the necessary agent of salvation.
In Keresley End we are really in a cleft stick
as part of the village is Coventry and another part is Nuneaton and Bedworth.
The club, in a cleft stick
, has put a brave face on having to temporarily trash the name which it has so proudly worn since 1882 in order to indulge the whim of meddling politicians.
GODOLPHIN find themselves in a cleft stick
in their ambition to bring back the star names illegally doped with anabolic steroids.
Cllr Brian Cossey said Conwy was in a "cleft stick
" and it would be difficult to vote to demolish something which had been in his "back garden" for 60 years.
Living in Africa, ever since we moved away from having a loin-clothed runner deliver correspondence in a cleft stick
(the lions did eat a few, it's true) we have had problems with postal delivery.
The second housing problem is also encountered by the young career-oriented Bahraini couples who are caught in a cleft stick
because even substantial combined salaries don't meet the very limited bank lending criteria on mortgage offers to buy any new property.
Hodgson said: "If we don't throw them in then, we don't have the players with experience, so it is a cleft stick
. You lose, lose.
"If we don't throw them in then we don't have the players with experience to play the games so it is a cleft stick
at the end of the day.
The BJP is now caught in a political cleft stick
. If it invites its crowd- puller Modi for campaigning, it will further strain its alliance.
He said: "Britain and the US are in a cleft stick
. If, as is likely, Karzai emerges as president they will have to deal with him, but the less authoritative he is the more Washington and London's commitment will seem misplaced."
"Defra are in a bit of a cleft stick
if they are getting left with pounds 3.3m of stock.
"Whilst 'unapproved' employee share options continue to be popular with growing companies who want to recruit and retain talented staff they have now become a cleft stick
for employees whose share options are due to mature."