According to a variety of sources, the word "TASER" was coined as an acronym for "Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle." Apparently the Taser's inventor was a fan of the Tom Swift books, and named it after Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. (Wikipedia says that the inventor made up the "A" middle initial.)

I find that hard to believe, but several independent sources mention it, and I can't find any that contradict it.

One Response to “TASER”

  1. Shmuel

    Fascinating! Hadn’t heard this before.

    Oxford University Press says it’s so.


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