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Chris -- 2018-04-11
One past participle of the old Teutonic term “lade” is “laden.” A laden person or vessel is saddled with a heavy burden (e.g., “laden with guilt”).
“Leaden,” from “lead,” is frequently substituted for “laden,” presumably because “lead” is a byword for heaviness (get the lead out, went over like a lead balloon, etc.)..
Three of the many examples on the web:
: in gangs are leaden with stereotypes like most women, but what could you find out if you spoke to them? “Girls in gangs are leaden with stereotypes like most women, but what could you find out if you spoke to them?”
: “British warship, leaden with attack helos, to the Med…and maybe Syria.”
: “This years keynote speaker is an audiotape of droning moans, leaden with subliminal tips about achieving personal prosperity”
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