From last night’s Academy Award tweetstream:
— InStyle (@InStyle) February 29, 2016
My first thought, and also my second, was “What the hell ever happened to shone?” I duly consulted Grammarist, which says:
The verb shine has two main definitions: (1) to emit light, and (2) to cause to gleam by polishing. In its first sense, shine traditionally becomes shone in the past tense and as a past participle. In its second sense, shine is traditionally inflected shined. So, for example, we might say, “The sun shone brightly while I shined my shoes.”
Which is about the way I remembered things, until I ran smack-dab into this:
In 21st-century writing, however, the distinction is increasingly fuzzy, and shined is often used where shone would be the traditional inflection. Shone rarely appears in place of shined, though.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go get my shoes shone.