Verboten is a word I learned from Bonnywood’s post here. Although it starts with verb, it doesn’t have much to do with verb.
Other Words Starting With “Verb”
There are more words that start with “verb”, but I only selected several that are commonly used.
verbatim: in exactly the same words as were used originally. “She had seen the movie so many times that she could quote it verbatim along with the characters.”
verbose: using or expressed in more words than are needed. “much academic language is obscure and verbose”. I’ve never used this word, not even once, but I’ve seen it being used several times.
verbiage: speech or writing that uses too many words or excessively technical expressions. “the basic idea here, despite all the verbiage, is simple”
verse, prose, poem : The verse refers to the single line of the poem, or any combination of words in a poem. But the prose is a large piece of writing, not having a consistent rhythm.
verbal: relating to or in the form of words. “the root of the problem is visual rather than verbal”. Actually I don’t feel that English emphasizes verbs that much, but still “verbal” refers to words in general.
verboten: forbidden, especially by an authority.
caged: I put this word here because this was how people would feel if everything was forbidden unless it was explicitly granted.
sanctioned or unsanctioned: I took me a long time to understand the difference between sanctioned, unsanctioned, forbidden, allowed. It’s an embarrassing long time, but sometimes one has a blind spot in one’s understanding. The difficulty lies in the fact that sanction means two opposite things, one is to give official permission, and the other is to impose a penalty on (something or an action). It all depends on the context.
- sanction: give official permission or approval for (an action); impose a sanction or penalty on.
- unsanctioned: there’s no such word as “unsanction”, but there is a word called “unsanctioned” and it means not sanctioned. This doesn’t mean an action or a thing is forbidden or allowed. It only means it hasn’t received the official blessing.