Can you name a three letter English verb that becomes its past tense simply by moving the first letter to the end?
This is an interesting question (with an answer already), so I thought I'd explore the pattern a bit more with a script and a dictionary of English words. It turns out that there are a few related words if you remove the limitation of "verb":
- aye -> yea - two forms of an affirmative response
- car -> arc - two types of vehicles
- eli -> lie - is Eli dishonest? ;)
- ewe -> wee (->eew) - a bit of a stretch, but two reactions (disgust, excitement?)
- gen -> eng - two abbreviations for job titles (general, engineer)
- now -> own - sounds like a commercial? ("Now own the world's greatest...")
- sad -> ads - ?? (There is a joke here somewhere...)
- tar -> art - a new genre of art?
- who -> how - two of the five basic questions (who, what, when, where, how)