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Aug 23, 2019
This week’s theme
People who have become verbs

This week’s words
pythagorize
malaprop
nestorize
dewitt
aladdinize

aladdinize
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
Note: The story was originally set in China
Illustration: Rene Bull (from the book The Arabian Nights Entertainments, 1898)

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aladdinize

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-LAD-uh-nyz)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To magically transport or transform someone or something.

ETYMOLOGY:
After the title character of the story Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Earliest documented use: 1848.

USAGE:
“The latter too became so quiet and empty as to induce the sensation of having been Aladdinized to some ‘solemn and deserted’ street in Palmyra.”
Nick Yablon; Untimely Ruins; The University of Chicago Press; 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It matters not how strait the gate, / How charged with punishments the scroll, / I am the master of my fate: / I am the captain of my soul. -William Ernest Henley, poet, critic, and editor (23 Aug 1849-1903)

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