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Teached vs Tetched - What's the difference?

teached | tetched |

As a verb teached

is past tense of teach.

As an adjective tetched is

touched: mildly deranged, somewhat mentally dysfunctional.




  • (nonstandard, colloquial, dialectal) (teach)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1850, author=Unknown Author, title=Jemmy Stubbins, or The Nailer Boy, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=I always like to be there to teach or to be teached . }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1911, author=Ruth McEnery Stuart, title=Sonny, A Christmas Guest, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=His Sam failed to pass at the preliminar' examination, an' wasn't allowed to try for a diplomy in public; an' Enoch an' his wife, why, they seem to hold it ag'in' me thet Sonny could step in at the last moment an' take what their boy could n't git th'oo the trials an' tribulations of a whole year o' bein' teached lessons at home an' wrestled in prayer over. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1936-1938, author=Works Projects Administration, title=Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Ole Missus and Marse learn't me to never tell a lie, and she teached me dat's de way to git along well. }}

    Usage notes

    The correct past of teach is taught.





    Alternative forms

    * teched


    (en adjective)
  • (chiefly, US, colloquial) Touched: mildly deranged, somewhat mentally dysfunctional.
  • * 1889 , , Queen Hildegarde , ch. 9:
  • "His mind was as keen as a razor, an' as straight-edged, 'xcept jest on one subject. On that he was, so to say, a little—wal—a little tetched ."
  • * 1959 April 21, , " Oh Why Can't He See 'Dawn's Early Light'?, St. Petersburg Times (USA) (retrieved 26 June 2012):
  • Just because he has trouble with the last verse of the Star Spangled Banner doesn't mean he's tetched . Maybe he has a mental block because you've been hammering him over the skull for three years about it.
  • * 1982 Sep. 27, , " Books Of The Times]" (review of Goosefoot'' by [[w:Patrick McGinley, Patrick McGinley]), ''New York Times (retrieved 26 June 2012):
  • There's a murderer about, but how can you spot him when everyone is moon-tetched ?
  • (chiefly, US, colloquial) Touched: physically contacted, impacted, or handled.
  • * 1899 , , "Dick Spindler's Family Christmas" in Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories :
  • "They ain't bin tetched or handled by any one but the Kempany's agents."
  • * , "The Reformation Of Calliope":
  • "That bullet never tetched ye!"


    * (mildly deranged) touched in the head