A new word can spring into existence when inspiration enlivens a poet's tongue. But such treasures are easily missed when new words can be cranked out like so much sausage.
One sausage-grinder that regularly turns out many new words uses the addition of -IFY to a place-name, a personal name, or an adjective, to create a word meaning "to make something more like X". It turns out that a surprising number of X's have gone into the old sausage grinder, and in some cases the results are appalling!
Here is list of some odd words formed with -IFY or -IFIER or -IFICATION:
In our decade here she had done rather lurid, abstractified views of the rooftops from all of the third-floor windows, in all of the directions of the compass, and thus used up her world.John Updike, "Roger's Version".
But for a fellow like me, the real temptation of abyssifying is to hope that the approach of the 'last days' might be liberating, might compel us to reconsider deeply, earnestly.
[Neil] Postman does not only argue that television produced adultified children; paradoxically, it also produced childified adults.Donovan Hohn, Harper's Magazine, January 2007.
Through singing, dancing, painting, telling fables of neurotic mobsters who visit psychiatrists, and otherwise engaging in what Ms Dissanayake calls artifying, people can be quickly drawn together, and even strangers persuaded to treat one another as kin.The New York Times, 27 November 2007.
Now Asya averted her eyes so as not to have to stare any longer at her mother, the mother whom she had never called "mom" and had perhaps hoped to keep at a distance by auntifying.Elif Shafak, "The Bastard of Istanbul"
Never miss awardifying celebritiesAn advertistement for the Dish Network DVR, appearing in USA Today on 25 February 2008, just after the Oscar awards.
And here, deliciously complicit in her own babe-ification, is Kartina Richardson, of Mirrorfilm.org.Slate Magazine, 7 February 2011.
"These incremental changes in technology and intimacy of searches may be a step toward the Big Brotherification of American life but it is just not that big of a deal outside the media bubble."The New York Times, 29 November 2010.
"Best put on a jail face, BG. These crabs see you puckerin', they're gonna bitchify you in a heartbeat."
Bob Strauss, above, refuses to blandify his apartment by getting rid of his stuffed baby seal, even though it puts some women off.The New York Times, 29 March 2007.
I worked for Tivoli in Austin from 1998-2000. They acquired the company I was working for at the time, and they had been acquired by IBM just the year before, I think. They've been totally Blueified since then from what I hear, so your choice of clothes may be a good one.
Going to a different part of the country for a month can also brickify it.
Though some have complained about the Broadway-ification of the London theater scene, with its increasing reliance on bloated musicals and empty-headed revivals, the West End still remains a place to find compelling, original theater.The New York Times, 31 December 2006.
I routinely exposed their slip-shod, unsupportable testimony for the foul bratwurst that it was! It was for these performances that the media coined the new verb to brucify, often used as the passive adjective, brucified, which signifies none other than to rip into a witness's foundation, expose its shaky regions, then demolish his house of evidence in deafening tumultua.
Anyhoo, because I know writers love bullet points - and I'm no exception to this - I'll bullet-pointify the writing tips for you.
For many, even square-built Corliss Henderson with her dogged melancholy butchifying of the saints, would have liked to know me better, to 'get in touch with' impeccably gray-swaddled Professor Roger Lambert, who had made his deal with the universe and was damned if he was going to welsh on it.John Updike, "Roger's Version"
Senate President Warns Against 'the Californi-fication of Florida'
Even kids get it. But '300' - the new cartoonified version of the hard day's work at the Hot Gates on the coast of Greece, where 300 stood against a million-man march of Persians - is clueless.Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post, 09 March 2007.
It was the "$177 Bagel" that did it, finally solved for me the mystery of how the New York Post remains the nation's iconic daily tabloid in a media realm overrun by celebrification.Ron Rosenbaum, Slate Magazine, 24 February 2010.
Tom has told me that, at one point, the company that owned Muzak also owned the Britannica, which meant the office was constantly bathed in soothing cheesified versions of Simon and Garfunkel.A J Jacobs, "The Know-It-All".
The Chickenification of the American PigHarper's Magazine, May 2006.
Each year approximately 3% of people with episodic migraine experience chronification of their headache disorder. Chronic migraine implies that the migraineur who previously was suffering relatively infrequent headache attacks now is plagued with headache at least 15 days out of the month, with at least 8 (but not necessarily all) of their headaches being migrainous in character.
"All I care about is the Wild Wild West. I'm going to Cody-fy the world."
We always use the convention that the right hand side does not contain more information than the left hand side. The right hand side is a crudification of the left.Donald Knuth, "The Art of Computer Programming", Volume I.
...I take her hand and feel suddenly purged of yet another ghost, as de-Kafkafied by my pilgrimage to the cemetary as I would appear to have been de-Birgittized once and for all by that visitation on the terrace restaurant in Venice.Philip Roth, "The Professor of Desire".
The nub of Carr's argument is that every link in a text imposes "a little cognitive load" that makes reading less efficient. Each link forces us to ask, "Should I click?" As a result, Carr wrote in the delinkification post, "People who read hypertext comprehend and learn less, studies show, than those who read the same material in printed form."Scott Rosenberg, Salon, 7 September 2010.
Back in 1980, another futurologist, Alvin Toffler, anticipated the de-massifying of society in his best selling book "The Third Wave", which is still in print.John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 10/17 July 2006.
This month Mathew Knowles, father of Beyonce, released the CD "Kid's Rap Radio", featuring 8-year-olds behind the mike rapping deraunchified hits like Busta Rhymes's "Touch it".The New York Times, 26 November 2006.
The de-Santafication process has begun!"
"Like, 'You're my competitor, so I'm going to dogify you.'"Anne Packer, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier".
"Dogify?" I said.
"Make doglike. You know, with that kind of here's-the-brutally-honest-photographer-turning-his-unpitying-eye=on-real-life type of thing."
"Was she dogified?"
"Completely," Simon said. "Houndified. Muttified."
She wants me to commit. Translation: Become domestified.Jude Law's, playing Alfie, in "Alfie".
The inspiring verses and the singer's beautiful voice seemed to dulcify the King.Susan Sontag, "The Volcano Lover".
The editorial team, based in Indianapolis, gives authors a kind of "Dummies for Dummies" manual and a computer template. "Copy editors do the line editing and Dummifying," Steele said.The New York Times Book Review, 24 September 2006.
This idea was quickly dismissed though and yet she continued with other theories like the dustification theory in which she explains how the steel columns were turned to dust right before our eyes (even though the only thing you can see in all the debris pictures at Ground Zero are steel columns...guess they missed those).
The dynastification of American political life is weakening America's claim to be a democratic beacon.The Economist, 12 May 2007.
Constantine would complete this easternification by choosing Byzantium as the site for his new capital, Constantinople.David Edward Duncan, "Calendar".
"Shark Tale" has wonderful animation, and it was very entertaining to watch. What the directors and producers did, was take common objects in the human world that are recognizable by most people, and fishify them. For instance they have "Swim" and "Don't Swim" signs in the fish world of Times Square.
I imagine you can declare a float and then fixed pointify it to 28:4 or something like that.
Fontifying your handwriting is a simple, four-step process.
The Fox News-ification of Donald TrumpHeadline, Salon Magazine, 04 March 2011.
The Foxification of the cable universe has created significant collateral damage in the last few weeks.The New York Times, 08 November 2010.
The Foxification of Arsenal is perhaps the most famous example of a broader French influx to London.The Economist, 05 March 2011.
'Gamification', the internet will tell you, is the future. It's coming soon to your bank, your gym, your job, your government and your gynaecologist. All human activity will be gamified, we are promised, because gamifying guarantees a whole bunch of other buzz-words like Immersion! and Emotional Engagement! and Socialised Monestisation! You'll be able to tell when something's been gamified because it will have points and badges. And this is the nub of the problem.
Instead, trying something unique, fun and perfect for the season - a sparkling red wine that's sweet enough to please and bubbly enough to giddify.
I started out trying to genericize without gimplification, but it turned out to be rather complicated, largely because you still sometimes need to generate temps. You could just add them directly to the outermost BIND_EXPR, but that doesn't work if we haven't already genericized. So I'm punting for now.
The Googlification of MSN will occur in two parts.The New York Times, 08 July 2004.
There was a declension of Egyptian heads, from the oblique formality of early dynasties to the full-lipped irony and passion of the middle, down into Greekified versions which crossed with Greek versions of Egyptian formalism and led to another plane, a shelf of green-veined marble with a Phidian Athena in high relief on a temple slab.Richard Stern in "Stitch".
It is the HD-ification of of the arts, and it is already affecting programming decisions along with costumes and set design."The New York Times, 09 November 2010.
He says that SEGA and Nintendo are responsible for the "subtle but massive Hello-Kittification of North American animation."Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs".
Adamson, co-director of "Shrek", wisely doesn't try to hip-ify the tale, leaving its curious blend of medieval pageantry, Christian fable and children's bedtime story intact.Newsweek, 19 December 2005.
Carrell has a face built for comedy, its Sears-catalogue handsomeness hilarified by a butter pat of hair, an L-wrench nose, and deep-socketed woe-is-me eyes.Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 05 July 2010.
To resist Manhattanization and HongKongification of San Francisco, in favor of saner development.One of the campaign promises of San Francisco mayoral candidate Kathik Rajan.
Though your aim is to release endorphins and hunkify your calves, you also want to see what's going on, who's on the street, who's on the street with a dog.
In January 1988, after spending a year trying to hunkify myself and writing about that effort extensively in The Washington Post, I finally mustered up the courage to sign up for a genuine triathlon held annually on Grand Bahama Island called the "Conch Man": swim a mile, bike ten, run five.
Breaking that culture of dependency, they concluded, is the key to making the long discussed Iraqification of the country's security a reality.The New York Times, 04 December 2006.
Muslim women such as myself are thrilled that we don't live in Saudi Arabia or Iran and we are already alarmed at the Islamification of Britain.An article in the London Independent.
Despite the strong parallels, there are still reasons to think that the United States can escape what has been called Japanification of Britain.The New York Times, 30 October 2010.
To linguify a claim about things in the world is to take that claim and construct from it an entirely different claim that makes reference to the words and other linguistic items used to talk about those things, and then use the latter claim in a context where the former would be appropriate.An example given is
"organic feedlots" - two words that I never thought would find their way into the same clause.Similar, I suppose, are statements such as "military intelligence is an oxymoron".
The Lizard's ultimate goal: to create more of his own kind by releasing a gene-mutating gas into the atmosphere, resulting in mass lizardification of the populace.Dana Stevens, Slate Magazine, 03 July 2012.
They have bemoaned what some call the mallification of the square for years now, aghast that even a hub of intellect and creativity cannot keep out the chains.The New York Times, 22 November 2008.
Christopher Hill's attempt to Marxify the idea might not exactly work, but the concept of a time before kings and lords and bishops and popes is an ancient yearning.Christopher Hitchens, "Hitch-22".
Since World War II, however, has come the massification of culture.The New York Times, 26 April 2004.
The term mattifying is popping up these days in beauty magazines and skin care aisles. You won't find it in the dictionary, but most women seem to know that it refers to a product's ability to reduce the appearance of oiliness on the face, which is a particular problem in summer. Now men are being introduced to the concept of mattification, with products that are meant to be patted on their heads and faces. Men, it turns out, don't like that shiny look, either.The New York Times, 22 July 2010.
Malcolm Gladwell, the zany-haired Canadian who loves to write bestsellers, just got meme-ified.Salon, 08 February 2011.
You smell a bit milkified.Michael Caine, as Alfie, in "Alfie".
THE MITTIFICATION OF MCCAINThe New York Times, 16 February 2008.
The first lady tries to humanize - and mommify - the case for reform.A headline in the online magazine Slate, 18 September 2009.
They were dissolute but human, guilty but glamorous: the MTVification of "Hill Street Blues".
Alcatraz, too, has given in to the museumification of everything.
She pleads the American reader to not museumify the writings that she translates, that is not to view them as representative cultural artifacts to be observed and objectified.
Christopher Hitchens, petty criminal? He became one for the purpose of his February 2004 column "I Fought the Law", a broadside against the nanny-state-ification of New York under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.Vanity Fair, October 2009.
The Napa-fication of an Ancient Wine RegionThe New York Times, 28 August 2005.
Nibbler: It's a genetic abnormality that resulted when you went back in time and performed certain actions which made you your own grandfather. Fry: I did do the nasty in the past-y! Nibbler: Verily. And that past nastification is what shields you from the brains.
"'Only one colleague has really understood it,' he wrote to his friend Heinrich Zangger, 'and he is seeking to nostrify it (Abraham's expression) in a clever way.' The expression to nostrify (nostrifizieren), which had been used by the Goettingen-trained mathematical physicist Max Abraham, referred to the practice of nostrification by which German universities converted degrees granted by other universities into degrees of their own."Walter Isaacson, "Einstein - His Life and Universe".
While relaying a report on The University of Manchester's name a little while ago, I mentioned three initialisms that people now staunchly maintain DO NOT STAND FOR ANYTHING (despite their history, of course): UMIST (one of the predecessors of Manchester as we know it today), Texas A&M, and SRI International. Right after that, I wondered out loud on the ADS-L if there was a name for these things. I suggested the lame term opacinym (for terms that had become "opacified by institutional fiat").
A guest herself on one of GreenStone's shows last week, Ms Steinem said she didn't understand people who bemoaned the Oprah-fication of the news.The New York Times, 19 September 2006.
Then, too, the governor seemed Oprahfied, especially in the last few days, when he couldn't keep from musing into microphones about whatever was running through his mind.The New York Times, 23 January 2009.
"Hank's one and only successful novel, 'God Hates Us All', has been pappified into a sappy and successful movie renamed 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and starring 'Tom and Katie', no last names necessary.The New York Times, 29 July 2007.
Yet these problems can be overcome. Argentina did so in 2001, when it peso-fied its dollar debts.Slate, 18 May 2012.
Platonification - This is the bias toward overvaluation of factual information and reliance on expertise. We tend to believe that the stock markets are driven by such underlying leading indicators as new housing starts, the unemployment rate, the presidential election cycle, or who won the Super Bowl.Gerry Smedinghoff, "Black Swan or Black-Scholes?"
"If the 'Cats can pointify every possession, watch out!"
I have noticed a progressive cochonification of the boys swimming in the Danube. How would you say that in English? Porkification!
PORNIFIED: How Pornography is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Familiesa book by "Horrified" Pamela Paul.
Star 80 foresaw the pornographication of American life.
It had turned him [Zola] into a perpetual prosification device, an inexhaustible ream-machine.
"Men have dinner. They go to the movies, where they actually sit next to each other. They walk sans sports equipment. They do these things millions of times, every day, without awkwardness or fear of queerification".
Pretentious? Moi?or perhaps
I am tres excited!
The Religification of John Kerry has begun. He started lacing his speeches with a Bible reference here and there. He released a TV ad discussing his faith, and just days before the convention began, the campaign hired a new director of religious outreach.
...the fireplace was decorated with blue ceramic tiles depicting biblical themes like the salification of Lot's wife...T. Coraghessan Boyle, "World's End".
Menchu raised her eyebrows and said at once that the very idea left her petrified, or saltified or whatever the word was, like Noah's wife, or was it Lot's?Arturo Perez-Reverte, "The Flanders Panel".
In response to Johnson's crack about oats in his Dictionary, Boswell "insisted on scottifying his palate" - a scene that was to be the subject of one of Rowlandson's most famous cartoons - but the food was dried fish, not oats. (Had it been the latter, this would have been a rare example of a lexicographer forced to eat his words.)Adam Sisman, "Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr Johnson".
Paradoxically, Khomeini helped Sunnify Shiism by assuming the role of autocrat and empire seeker, while helping Sunnis to Shiify their creed by glorifying martyrdom.Irshad Manji, New York Times Book Review, 13 August 2006.
Early on, Tolkien stated a preference for the vulgarization of an animated version over the sillification of a dramatization.Abby Nolan, Slate Magazine, 25 June 2010.
After the sentence was pronounced, MSNBC trotted out a bullet-headed talk-radio host to sneer at "the sissification of America."The New Yorker, 15 May 2006.
As my concession to reasonableness, I'll suggest that the wedge between Connecticut Avenue and Vermont Avenue could be exempted from skyscraperification in order to preserve a viewshed for the White House.Matthew Yglesias, Slate, 12 April 2012.
To that end, he draws inspiration from a broad swath of pop culture. Those include Web sites (he quotes a long and blush-inducing list of raunchy slang terms culled from the Web site of the Salem, Oreg.-based "Sly Records"), magazines (he unearths a gold mine of girl slang from the late, beloved Jane), movies (he cites the effective use of "fuckin-A" in Mike Judge's 1999 film "Office Space") and television shows (including, of course, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," although he finds untold riches of slangification in "The Simpsons" as well).Stephanie Zacharek, Salon Magazine, 16 April 2009.
"After looking at all the examples at the Eric Meyer website last night in both IE and Mozilla, I only saw one that wouldn't work in IE on Windows. That one was slantify. Others didn't work 100% but that didn't effect presentability of the examples."
His recipes are full of surprise and playfulness: strange juxtapositions of hot and cold ingredients, intensely flavored frozen powders, and mysterious liquid-centered gelatin orbs made through a process called spherification.Slate magazine, 08 October 2008.
"Carter and Anderson would Spy-ify writers's copy, often completely rewriting it to get the tone - equal parts venom and glee - just right."The New York Time Book Review, 03 December 2006.
"I've heard more than one person refer to it as the Starbucksification of Second Life"."Ned Reuters", discussing the online game "Second Life", in which people develop avatars that can fly over the landscape, but also go to work, subscribe to specially prepared editions of real magazines, or purchase an enormous genital upgrade. Reuters News Service has paid to "put up" a "news building" in this fantasy world, and "Ned Reuters" is the name of the avatar of their "local" reporter. You wouldn't think nerds could make you cry...
"There is absolutely a Survivor-fication of television at some level."Howard Gordon, an executive producer of "24", a scripted show which has been sacrificing noted cast members extravagantly.
"Although the entree's ills were first diagnosed in the late 1990's, when the rise of small plates kicked off the tapafication of American menus, the attacks have become more serious lately."The New York Times, 05 December 2007
"Added a link to giftrans, a useful little Unix program that can transparentify a GIF file."on the web site for the xv graphics program.
"I want to be involved in science communication to allow it to enrich people's life like food, literature, or music can. We need to re-trendify science.
"Unhappily, darling, I can't. I'm all trustified. Didn't you know? Apart from my income, it's all - well, I can't touch a thing."Maurice Edelman, "The Prime Minister's Daughter".
"Rationalization was accompanied by the related phenomenon of industrial concentration: the amalgamation into great industrial empires of enterprises engaged in similar or allied productive processes. The best known examples of trustification are I. G. Farbenindustrie (1925) and Vereinigte Stahlwerke (1926)."William Carr, "A History of Germany".
"It makes me wonder what Trow, who died in 2006, would make of the Twitter-ified world."Christopher Beam, Slate Magazine, 02 August 2010.
"The process of sharing slides is broken. It goes from my hard drive to yours via email. Or if I put it online, its in a clunky format like pdf or Powerpoint that you need to download. Slideshare solves that problem. It webifies your slides - it makes the experience of viewing them, sharing them with individuals or groups smooth and seamless."
"The Captain was not only unaccustomed to tell the truth,- he was unable even to think it - and fact and fiction reeled together in his muzzy, whiskified brain."Thackerary, in "The History of Pendennis".
"In this wikified age of instant information - where anyone is free to create (or destroy) knowledge on the Internet from the privacy of their own PC, or iPhone, or Blackberry - it could be easy to dismiss 'Pioneering Women in American Mathematics' as just another database."Margaret Murray, in a book review in The College Mathematics Journal, Volume 41, Number 3, May 2010.
"Gay jokes, or more specifically, men assuring themselves that they are not gay, mark a new phase in the Will and Gracification of American television."The New York Times, 01 September 2005.
"foppery, frippery, metrosexuality and the wimpification of America..."as the Washington Post described the men's shopping magazine Cargo.
Of course Michelle got Yoko Ono-ified by Barack's aides.Slate Magazine, 15 January 2012.
All day long he helps yogified babes try on form-fitting clothes and assesses the result.The Utne Reader, November/December 2007.
The Yogification of AmericaArticle headline in Salon Magazine, 02 May 2010.
So if China wants to yuanify some of its claims on the rest of the world, it will need a currency that can go down as well as up.The Economist, 22 January 2011.
For grasshoppers, zombification is an everyday hazard and it obliges them to end their lives in a bizarre manner.The New York Times, 06 September 2005.
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