Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
to use a Taser on someone, a small gunlike device that fires electric darts to incapacitate a person temporarily
On the TV show, the sleuth Tasers anyone who scares her.
1972, formed from the initials of Tom Swift's electric rifle, a fictitious weapon. A powerful word that threatens to escape the cage of its copyright, despite the strenuous efforts of the owners, who are within their rights to fight to hold it. They also insist, via their attorneys, that it be written all in capitals. A key the executive washroom is not a license to dictate language, at least not in English. It seems to have spawned a verb, taze.