- Have you seen the bread knife? It seems to have gone missing.
Go missing, gone missing and went missing at Ngram
My parrot has gone missing and other stories
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Why the dislike?
One justification - it's useful and it's an idiom
A grammatical explanation, Part 1 - missing as an adjective
- Did you ever find that missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle?
- The missing child was found safe and sound.
- My gloves have been missing for ages.
- He was reported (to be) missing last year.
A grammatical explanation, Part 2 - go as a linking (copular) verb
- She is crazy about him.
The dog seems to have gone crazy.
- It's very dark in here.
It suddenly went very dark.
- He is bald/blind/mad/bankrupt etc
He has gone bald/blind/mad/bankrupt etc
- His hair is grey.
His hair has gone grey.
- This milk is sour.
This milk has gone sour.
- The children are really excited.
The children went wild with excitement.
- This is all wrong.
Everything went wrong.
- She was silent for a minute or so.
Suddenly the room went silent.
- A part is missing / There's a part missing.
A part has gone missing.
- It's been missing for two weeks or so.
It went missing two weeks ago or so.
How old is it?
Kitten has the reel.
Needles, pins, go missing —
No one heeds them now —
Mammy's busy kissing
Trotty's heated brow;
Trotty, Harriet E Hunter, from Living Voices, compiled by E. Spooner, London 1873 GB
Letter, Edinburgh 1834 Google
- That was the letter that went missing ?
- Victoria Parliamentary Papers (Australia) 1859 GB
- separate blocks, and are very apt to go amissing or get destroyed
Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1875
- after some conversation, the marshal requested the stranger to tell the true reason for his refusing to be searched when the snuff-box went missing
- Short stories for School and Home Reading 1876 GB
- When may a man's friends naturally suppose that he has gone missing? When he has gone a-courting
Harper's Weekly, 1878 Google
- Not an accident occurred under his care, not a piece of baggage went missing
- Crusading with Knights Templar, Pennsylvania 1878 GB
- But I know that if they went missing I should feel pretty happy still
- The Granta (and elsewhere) 1890 GB
- That's an awful bit of country. More than one man has gone missing there and never been heard of again
In the whirl of the rising - Bertrand Mitford, London 1904 GB
- The New York Times - William Safire's On Language column.
- The Free Dictionary - missing
- Dictionary.com - go missing