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Troubleshooted or troubleshot?

So the Masked Grammarian has a grammar question. The past tense of "troubleshoot": is it "troubleshooted" or "troubleshot"?

My sweetie says that she uses "troubleshooted", despite the fact that, obviously, the past tense of "shoot" is "shot". I myself said it that way just a little bit ago, but "troubleshooted" sounded strange to my ear, so I immediately wondered if it was right or if it really ought to be "troubleshot" instead.

What do the grammarians among you have to say to this question? I am quite curious.

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dragondancer515
Jun. 29th, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'd have said "troubleshot", but according to Dictionary.com, they're both right.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/troubleshoot?s=t
ebenbrooks
Jun. 29th, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
Well, there ya go. :) Thanks!
dragondancer515
Jun. 29th, 2016 08:49 pm (UTC)
No problem! =)
Mark Miner
Jun. 29th, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
troubleshot
Grammatically, I'll support the strong verb forms every time, as they're historical and endangered. New verbs coming into English -- e.g., troubleshoot -- tend to be conjugated "weak," e.g., troubleshooted.
The strongly perfective aspect of "troubleshot" is not very often what is wanted, though, since troubleshooting is usually an on-going process of dealing with multiple small varmints, rather than putting a bullet through one biggun. A coder saying "This program is completely troubleshot!" is going to get laughs for his hybris. The way around this is go for the intentionally ridiculous: "I've been working on it for two weeks, and now I think this code is pretty well betroubleshotten."
psybelle
Jun. 29th, 2016 10:43 pm (UTC)
*grin*
Since I am both lazy and cautious, my solution is something like "We did (some/the) troubleshooting," and go on to describe findings and fixings; avoid the construction-of-past-tense issues entirely.

(Also the preferred method because both -shot and -shooted sound wrong to me…)
chorale
Jul. 3rd, 2016 02:14 pm (UTC)
I remembered today (7/3) that I was going to refer this question to the Golden Age Masked Grammarian: B. He has a problem with "troubleshooted" for the same reason you do. He went to Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed., and looked it up. The Webster's definition uses "troubleshot."

Happy Sunday!
kishiriadgr
Jul. 5th, 2016 02:26 am (UTC)
Troubleshot.
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