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Is it correct to say "get maze"? If so, what's the meaning?

Also, does "maze" have a bad connotation?

  • Are we talking about maze the noun, or maze the verb? Also where did you here "get maze"? – Eldroß Mar 3 '11 at 10:12
  • maze the noun. but I'd like to know what comes to your mind when you read it. – donald Mar 3 '11 at 10:15
  • In what context? I would have thought "maze" was pretty much neutral unless there is a context to suggest whether it is good or bad. – neil Mar 3 '11 at 10:26
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    Nothing comes to my mind. Well, my mind auto-corrected it into “get mazed”, actually (see my answer below). – F'x Mar 3 '11 at 10:42
  • Perhaps "get maize" as an advertisement, promoting this as an alternative to rice or something... – GEdgar Jul 12 '11 at 14:36
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You can get mazed, which means “get confused”:

verb (be mazed): archaic or dialect — be dazed and confused: she was still mazed with the drug she had taken.

(from the New Oxford American Dictionary for maze). But you cannot get maze anymore than you can get labyrinth: it doesn't fit grammatically, whether maze is the noun or the verb.

  • Does "get maze" have any grammar mistake? thanks – donald Mar 3 '11 at 10:32
  • @donald: it's not that it has grammar mistakes, it is much that one can't make any sense of it. What are you trying to say? – Eldroß Mar 3 '11 at 10:41
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    Yes -- it should be "get mazed" if you're going to use it at all. Using it at all, though, is probably not a good idea -- it would be like using stonied instead of astonished. It works perfectly if you want to write in the style of Mallory's Morte D'Arthur, but a vanishingly small number of modern readers would be able to derive any meaning from it. – bye Mar 3 '11 at 10:43
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Also, "Maze", does it have a bad connotation?

Not by itself. It depends how it is used.

There is a fine maze at Hampton Court.

Is positive.

His mind was like a maze

Isn't.

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If you are talking about a physical maze that you can hold in your hands (such as one printed in a "solve the maze" book) then you could say "get the maze", as in "I got the maze from this book."

Alternatively, if you're looking at a maze of any size and you want to express that you understand the method by which the maze was designed or can be solved, you could say "I get the maze", using 'get' in the sense of comprehend.

In both cases, the definite article is required to indicate that you are talking about a specific maze.

Beyond that, no likely interpretations of "get maze" come to my mind.

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