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vanishedone commented on the word trans-element
The OED entry for transmogrify has a source giving it as an explanation of this other trans- word:
'1656 S. HOLLAND Zara vi. (1719) 33 So that he remained for a time as one trans-elemented. (Note) Meaning transmografide, or metarmorphosed into a Mandrake.'
(Why use 'turned' or 'changed' when you can dive into Latinisms?) The standard form seems to have ended up as transelement, however.
October 27, 2007