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Is uppercase a valid verb?
Could I say for example "you should use your password uppercased"?

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No, it is not a verb in any common dictionary, nor generally accepted.

Use the following instead:

You should use an upper-case password.

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Agreed; it's not common or generally accepted. Then again, you can verb almost anything and still be readily understood. :) (That particular example isn't optimal to demostrate this, as it only makes the phrase clumsier. But consider e.g. "change your password to uppercase" vs "uppercase your password".) –  Jonik Sep 23 '10 at 18:07
    
@Jonik: Yeah. There's lots of made-up verbs you can get-away with simply because humans aren't picky with language, though what's the point if you're not even making things shorter/clearer (probably the opposite here)? –  Noldorin Sep 23 '10 at 19:05
    
The Merriam-Webster dictionary seems to have it, going by the other answer. –  ShreevatsaR Sep 24 '10 at 12:56
    
Ok, that surprises me. Put it this was, you'd get strange looks if you used it in speech here (Britain). Also, using it as a gerund just makes it more awkward. –  Noldorin Sep 24 '10 at 13:47
    
To me Use an upper-case password means something very different from Use your password upper-cased: the former means "choose a password with only upper-case letters", whereas the latter is "use your password, but convert all the letters to upper case". –  psmears May 7 '11 at 15:30
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Apparently, it is acceptable to some people:

Merriam Webster: Uppercased

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"First known use: 1949", so it predates personal computers. –  ShreevatsaR Sep 24 '10 at 12:34
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