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How do I write the past tense of FedEx?

For example:

I FedEx'd the package to you yesterday.

I Fedexd the package to you yesterday.

I FedEx-d the package to you yesterday.

I am transcribing verbatim so I can't change the wording.

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How about: "Didn't you get it yet?" –  JeffSahol Aug 27 '11 at 18:00
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@JeffSahol - at the end of my question I mentioned that I am dealing with a verbatim transcript and therefore cannot change the wording. Thanks for the effort though. –  Rachel Aug 27 '11 at 20:10
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Wiktionary suggests FedExed, which seems to be the most popular (see a google search), but Fedexed and fedexed are also common.

Also, Ngrams illustrates a definite preference for FedExed:

I would tend to go with FedExed because it is so popular, though I wouldn't disparage the natural Fedexed, or the inevitable fedexed (cf. googled, etc). In fact, I will probably change my mind in the near future and choose fedexed, since it's not at all ambiguous.

As an aside, it has become uncommon for 'd to be appended to form the past tense of a verb. It's most often used poetically, especially archaically, because it used to be necessary to specify when the -ed ending was pronounced as a separate syllable. (E.g. severed would have been pronounced 'se-ver-ed, whereas sever'd would have been 'se-verd.) Needless to say, this spelling contraction is no longer necessary.

Also, "-d" has never been common; in fact I've never seen it, so I would avoid it.

Lastly, a lone d is only used when the last letter of the verb to be past-tensed is an e, (e.g. file becomes filed - added d, but end becomes ended - added ed).

Addendum: appending ed is the best way to create the past tense of FedEx, rather than a single d, punctuated or not.

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In other words, just like xeroxed or googled, they retain the normal rules of the past tense. Note however that these words may or may not be found in dictionaries. –  Theta30 Aug 27 '11 at 17:58
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Definitely fedexed!!! –  Jimi Oke Aug 27 '11 at 20:11
    
Womderful! Now what about DHL in particular? DHLed? By the way, this is a fantastic answer and a lovely graph. Thank you so much! –  Rachel Aug 27 '11 at 20:12
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@Jimi: I would prefer it too, for the same reason as preferring googled over Googled. I was surprised to learn that FedExed is so common. –  Daniel Aug 27 '11 at 20:14
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@ drɱ65 δ: I know, beats me too. @Rachel: DHL as a verb in the present tense works very well. Even UPS, as well. Things get iffy, however, when one goes into past tense. Fedex is fast becoming universal, though (at least in the US), as people increasingly use it to refer to any courier service these days. –  Jimi Oke Aug 27 '11 at 20:26
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