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Any takers? Capitalisation? SemperBlotto 06:54, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
Just under 20 sources on Google Books for "Pearl Harbored," most of which are capitalized. 3840 hits on a general web search. The earliest publication citation in the search is 1978, which is two years earlier than Gorilla Monsoon's stint as a wrestling commentator, however, so the etymology comes across as perhaps a bit suspect. --Dajagr 07:37, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
I think it is embarrassing that we've gone this long without an entry for Pearl Harbor; the name itself is idiomatic. I've heard pearl harbor used attributively as a noun but the verb sense seems a little unlikely. --Connel MacKenzie 07:26, 10 August 2006 (UTC)
Perhaps it would work better as a idiomatic verb, since I can see it being used as a synonym for "sneak attack." [[126.96.36.199 22:17, 10 August 2006 (UTC)]]
If it were to be used as a verb, it would still be capitalized, and it should also be hyphenated and enclosed in quotation marks: to "Pearl-Harbor" someone. I don’t think it merits inclusion as a verb. In the rare cases where it is used, anyone can easily get the meaning just by looking up the definition of the noun Pearl Harbor. —Stephen 23:08, 10 August 2006 (UTC)
Def ====Etymology=== The term pearl harbor takes its name from the December 7, 1941, surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, a famous naval port off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Professional wrestling announcer Gorilla Monsoon (real name: Robert Marella) is often credited for coining the phrase when describing a wrestler's sneak attack of his opponent.
to pearl harbor (transitive or intransitive)
To attack someone by surprise, often when the victim's back is turned or is not looking.
The bully often delighted in pearl harboring his younger, smaller victims.
Why can't the verb be in the article? I just heard it, too, in "3rd Rock From The Sun", season 4, episode 188.8.131.52.121 18:21, 11 July 2008 (UTC)