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10-10-2011 @ 2:28PM
Transmogrification is a nod to Calvin and Hobbes comic strips if I'm not mistaken.
10-10-2011 @ 2:48PM
You are probably mistaken. It's a real word, that means exactly what they're using it for -- changing the appearance or form of something into something else.
10-10-2011 @ 3:02PM
I've taken to calling it "Calvinize", realizing that someone could mistake my term for a reference to the Protestant religion, although, when the discussion goes..."I need to run BWL to get those pants to Calvinize." "Who wants to run Tempest Keep so x can get that staff to Calvinize." "I'm not Calvinizing anything but my gun." ...it's kind of clear we aren't talking religion...or are we?
10-10-2011 @ 3:19PM
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transmogrify"First Known Use: 1656"
10-10-2011 @ 4:36PM
"First known use" doesn't imply "best known use" Calvin and Hobbes will always be associated with transmogrification in my world :)
10-10-2011 @ 5:03PM
But the earliest known use generally means the writer got it from somewhere and found a clever way to use it. I mean, I learned a lot of neat words thanks to White Wolf's RPGs but they aren't the first ones to use those terms for their factions and character abilities--they did, however, use them in ways that were mostly correct (some of the Vampire clan choices are still boggling), and so people were introduced to the terminology.
10-10-2011 @ 8:16PM
It's a perfectly cromulent word.
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