Transmogrify has always been

One of my favorite underused words.  Wayne State University promotes greater language diversity. From The Detroit News.

On Monday, the university released its fourth list of 10 words it says deserve greater use. It comes days after Lake Superior State University released its 37th List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

Some 300 miles to the south, Wayne State champions rescuing words that fell out of favor or never found it.

Words worth rescuing include "antediluvian," which means old-fashioned; "erstwhile," meaning former; and "transmogrify," a grotesque change in appearance or form.

The last enjoyed a bit of a cultural renaissance in the 1980s and '90s in the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes," which often featured a "transmogrifier" Calvin built out of a cardboard box.

"The English language has more words in its lexicon than any other," said Jerry Herron, dean of Wayne State's Honors College. "By bringing these words back into conversation, we expand our ability to communicate clearly and help make our world a more interesting place."


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