On 'versus' as a Verb (another cross-post from Linguist List)
bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Tue Dec 21 20:30:29 UTC 2004
On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 14:45:22 -0500, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>(The verb would actually be "to verse".)
>Seems like another for the eggcorn file. Do you have this one, Arnold?
This has come up a few times on the alt.usage.english newsgroup. The
Usenet archive suggests that the back-formation found popularity amongst
gamers and then spread to wider usage in the mid-'90s:
Its a fairly pointless exercise, Versing characters from
different arcades against each other anyway...
When versing the black car, remember that the first is a
So if I'm right, the next one should be on 1/28 at 3pm
est on ESPN2. Unfortunately, it's versing the Superbowl!
I have noticed one thing, there seems to be a lot of
"B"s versing "S"s.
I saw a game with them, but I don't know who they were
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