I’m gonna give you to the count of 10 to get your ugly, yella, no-good keister off my property before I pump your guts fulla lead!”—Johnny, in Kevin McAllister’s beloved Angels with Filthy Souls
You don’t need mom, dad, or Uncle Frank to explain the difference between using lead and led: we can do that right here. Although they each may mean completely different things, the fact that the two words can be homophones often steers unsuspecting writers into brackish waters—and no, I don’t mean the set of Octomom’s new “movie”.
This word has multiple meanings as both a noun and a verb, so we’ll simplify matters by zeroing in on the most common definitions:
Pronounced led with a short e sound, this word only has one semantic purpose: it functions as the past tense and past participle of the verb lead.
Example: The ads for Taken 2 led me to believe that maybe it was a Funny or Die joke…but, unfortunately, it’s not.
Although this advice was free, you can keep the change, ya filthy animal.