"Patinated" just feels right. I'm good at this, based on Mom's
college work being on speech pathology and drama, and good
surroundings growing up. "Patinaed" feels more Latin with the "ae"
letter combination, like "alumnae" or "typothetae".
I don't place much faith in spell-check because it can be duped. I
can horde food for winter, and face hoards of marauding Huns, and be
wrong on both usages, yet correct by spell-check.
The rules of English kicked in for me when I stopped trying to make
logical sense of all of them. On some points, I just surrendered.
Whatever you say, teach. I'm outta here in 9 weeks, and you're stuck
I used to fume about the English usage on this forum, but just
dropped it when I realized that many posters don't have English as a
first language, and that if many were great at English, the smithing
and other skills they had would languish for lack of use.
Feel like you need your spelling and grammar checked? Contact me. I
do catalogs, with excellence, but not perfection. I gotta write to do