[Puzzleblogger Kevan Choset, October 17, 2005 at 12:09pm] Trackbacks
Verb Ending in 'A':

What is a common English verb ending in the letter 'a'?

Janice N.:
I'm guilty as charged, but I hope you'll give me a lighter sentence.
10.17.2005 1:11pm
Janice N.:
Oh, never mind -- I was wrong about that one. Was thinking "plea," but I guess that's not a verb.
10.17.2005 1:13pm
Ciarand Denlane (mail) (www):
You know you've been reading too many blawgs when you read that question and think that "subpoena" qualifies as a "common" English verb.
10.17.2005 1:28pm
Kevan Choset (mail):
That's actually the answer I was going for.
10.17.2005 1:33pm
pooryoric (mail) (www):
"We're gonna roll out the barrel and Polka all night long." Polka's common and English, right?
10.17.2005 1:37pm
JF (mail):
I ain't gonna answer.
10.17.2005 2:06pm
Good lord Choset, that was a stinker.
10.17.2005 2:10pm
What's next, "to deposition?"
10.17.2005 2:28pm
linda seebach (mail):
10.17.2005 2:48pm
That's 20 minutes of my life I will never get back. Booooooooo
10.17.2005 2:53pm
Mark B. (mail):

She said she was going to henna her hair.

Probably more common that "subpoena" as a verb in non-legal circles....
10.17.2005 3:01pm
Kevin M (mail):
To this trivial contest and its critics I can only say: Nitpick me no nitpicks, and iota me no iotas.
10.17.2005 3:28pm
Jeff R.:
You may Polka all night, but I choose to Lambada instead...
10.17.2005 4:05pm
Lawrence H. White (mail) (www):
"Subpoena" isn't on this list of 600 common regular English verbs. Nor is any other verb ending in "a":
10.17.2005 4:38pm
Kate Litvak (mail):
Most English nouns can be easily represented as verbs, so if "subpoena" and "iota" qualify, so does every other noun that ends with an "a".
10.17.2005 4:52pm
Bob Woolley (mail):
With varying degrees of seriousness....

Lots of styles of dance can be used as verbs: Cha-cha, rhumba, polka, hula, salsa, tarantella, etc.

Roomba, as in to clean the house with the. :-)

Diarrhea. (If you don't know it's a verb, you've never had it.)

Dicta. The judge had no actual precedential holdings to cite, so he dictaed my case all to hell.

Yadayadayada. An episode of Seinfeld demonstrated that one can yadayadayada away sex.

"So, your date French kissed you?" "Yeah, man, she not only salivaed me, she practically uvulaed me!" "I hope she didn't gonorrhea you." "No, but we were out in a meadow, and I did get leaed."

Flea. "Sir, your mangey dog has fleaed me!"

Formula. "But ma, I was working on E=mc^2." "You're late for dinner, young man, and you can't formula your way out of it this time!"

Grandma. "Your parents are away for the weekend, so I get to grandma you for two days!"

"So, they put you on trial when you weren't even there?" "Yeah, man--they absentiaed me."

At Starbucks: "Young lady, java me good."

"Shaniqua, are you coming to the New Year's Eve party tonight?" "I can't. Gotta stay home. My family Kwanzaas."

Margarita: To chill out in a drunken state, listening to old Jimmy Buffet songs.

Sauna, as in to relax in a.

Scuba. To go diving.

Toga. "I went to a John Belushi party. I wasn't dressed for the occasion, but they togaed me."
10.17.2005 4:59pm
Steve Donohue (mail) (www):
10.17.2005 5:27pm
Alan K. Henderson (mail) (www):
"My latest blog post was Insta'ed."
10.17.2005 5:29pm
Dick King:
10.17.2005 5:29pm
Dick King:
10.17.2005 5:30pm
John Armstrong (mail):
Okay, so are there any answers that don't come from sloppily using nouns as verbs or from sloppy pronunciations?
10.17.2005 7:48pm
I'm developing the worst school girl crush on Kevan. Oh intelligence.. so sexy.
10.17.2005 8:31pm
DW (mail):
Does 'gonna' count as a verb? It's about 5 times more common on google than 'subpoena'. I know it's not a "real" word but its used so often
10.17.2005 8:48pm
Tom R (mail):
By contrast, IIRC in Swedish, every verb (in the infinitive) ends in "-era"...
10.17.2005 10:52pm
RJL (mail):
In Boston, they almost all do.

I'll start with a favorite from Cheap Trick: surrenda
10.17.2005 11:01pm
ChuckL (mail):
Turning nouns into verbs is common as in frequent, and common as in vulgar, but not common as in conventional.

"Many nouns have lately been pressed into service as verbs. Not all are bad, but all are suspect." -- William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, The Elements of Style
10.18.2005 2:11pm
Lab Rat (mail):
"Verbing weirds language" - Calvin &Hobbes
10.18.2005 2:48pm
Michael Ausbrook (mail) (www):
"Subpoena," according to WordCount is the 45501 most common word--between "etty" and "combinatorial." (The only "etty" I can find is "Etty, Kentucky"

I have no idea how accurate WordCount is, but it's an interesting little tool.
10.18.2005 3:33pm
Chris Land (mail):
A follow-up: What's the most common verb ending in "i"? It's in the top 10,000 at WordCount.

There's two very common ones that end in "o". My advice: Do go look them up yourself. ;P
10.18.2005 8:41pm