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  • Alternate spelling of tase.

    October 7, 2007

  • Given the etymology of the word, I don't think this is valid.

    October 7, 2007

  • Umm... so?

    October 8, 2007

  • It's an acronym.

    October 8, 2007

  • It has appeared as "taze" in mainstream print sources several times over the past few weeks, usually in reference to the "Don't Taze Me, Man" video on YouTube. It also has several slang definitions listed in the Urban Dictionary, for what that's worth.

    October 8, 2007

  • Look, you can spell it however you want, but in general, if you had to choose between the two spellings, you should choose the s. Likewise, you can pronounce forte with two syllables when you're not talking about music, but I'm going to laugh at you.

    October 8, 2007

  • You should get a big chuckle out of this paper by Owen Smith, SUNY Stony Brook, in which he explains that "the longitudinal modes of a laser are those modes that will laze at slightly different frequencies. Any frequency that has a gain high enough to equal or exceed the losses of the lazing cavity can laze." He probably doesn't realize that LASER is an acronym.

    October 8, 2007

  • I don't wanna go all mainstream on you, but Grammar Girl had a recent segment on the verb TAZE. She contacted the manufacturer, who suggested the comparny preferred the verb TASER, not TASE or TAZE.

    And the acronym - Thomas A Smith (?) Electronic Rifle - is simply amazing.

    October 8, 2007

  • But taser just doesn't make sense as a verb. A walker walks. A shooter shoots. A driver drives. A taser tases.

    October 8, 2007

  • all true, but the etymology suggests otherwise. TASER was the original form, so all bets are off.

    October 8, 2007