I have heard a television news figure say what sounds like verse when it seems he means to say versus. Is this an alternate pronunciation, or is it a different word? If it's a different word, what is the spelling?
I suspect it's a mistake, but it is MSNBC news talk show host, Chris Hayes, who generally seems to speak in standard English in a way that indicates he is highly educated, who I've repeatedly heard use this word.
For instance, he might say what sounds like, "Consider policy A 'verse' policy B."
There is a very similar question here on ELU asking about using verse as a verb to mean challenge, which I believe is related but not the same as my question.