I cannot believe "transmogrify" is a real verb

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  1. theBB macrumors 68020

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    I always thought "transmogrify" was a made up "Calvin and Hobbes" word, but I came across it while I was reading an editorial. Then I checked it on Merriam-Webster and it turned out to be the real thing. Unbelievable... Maybe, I should have learned this when I was studying for SAT or GRE... Anyways, I am just quite surprised...
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Yes, in fact the word (spelled "transmografide") can be traced back to at least the year 1656.
     
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  4. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    Paul Celan was the master of verbing nouns.

    If anything, the 20th century decided that nouns don't exist, and when they do exist, they're awfully violent.
     
  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    You can find google, googled in the dictionary (and a lot of other things) so why should transmogrify be any different? Besides, it had been used long before Calvin and Hobbes.
     

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