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Conjugating forms of the word taser Ok Language specialists: I am having a disagreement with my family about the word taser. It is one of those words that actually started out as a brand name but is...

Conjugating forms of the word taser

Ok Language specialists: I am having a disagreement with my family about the word taser. It is one of those words that actually started out as a brand name but is now the generic term for any stun gun of that type. Maybe this is the reason I can't find any information on how to use the verb form. So give your best opinions based on experience and knowledge- Is one tased or tasered? Are you tasering or tasing a person?

And if anyone knows, how is/was this decided? Thanks!

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Isn't it funny how brand names can turn into new words? My colleagues and I, all teachers, had a lively email debate about Skype similar to this. I have never heard tasererd used. I have always heard it as tased. I think it should be tazed. Who can tell how these things happen?

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I'm not sure what the correct version is, but I have usually heard tased rather than tasered.  In my area, the word taser usually refers to the gun itself rather than the action of shocking someone.  The word tase usually refers to the action.  In this case, it would be tased or tasing rather than tasered or tasering.  Again, I'm not sure what the correct form should be, but this is what I'm used to from my experience.

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This is a very interesting question, and the above posts are very enlightening. I would have to say, I've only ever heard "tased" used, rather than "tasered." However, when I play certain word games like "Words with Friends" neither of these uses are accepted (unless it has changed...

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