Verbed Title

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Sometimes when a work wants to sound comedic and edgy, or maybe just easy to remember, it will adopt a title consisting of one word; a verb in the past perfect tense. Occasionally they'll even take a word that isn't a verb and make it into one. This trend seems to go in and out of style, though currently it seems to be in vogue once again.

This trope doesn't always transfer well across languages, and works will often be given more self-explanatory titles overseas. In Russian, for example, it doesn't sound any kind of comedic or edgy. That's why Tangled was released in Russia as Rapunzel: A Tangled Story.

The Verbed Title is a subtrope of One Word Title.

Examples of Verbed Title include:


Anime and Manga

Comics

Film

Literature

  • Terry Wogan's book Banjaxed.
  • Flipped
  • Fully half of the titles from Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series: Bitten, Stolen, Haunted, Broken, Frostbitten, and Spellbound
  • The short story "Called" by Desmond Warzel.

Live Action TV

This isn't my dry cleaning, it's a dress.
Ahh! You've been Jeff'd!

Magazines

  • The now-defunct Cracked Magazine, as well as the current website Cracked.com spawned from its ashes.

Music

  • The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band's song "Busted". There's also "Busted" by Harlan Howard, made famous by Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, and don't even get us started on the Phineas and Ferb song "B-U-S-T-E-D".
  • Son of Svengoolie's last show had the song "Cancelled."

Tabletop Games

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation