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Is “nevermore” a real word?

Is “nevermore” a real word? Can it be used in “ordinary” writing? I’m wondering because it seems to be the only word that means ‘never again’, and it would be nice to have a concise word.

  • April 24, 2011
  • Posted by sigurd
  • Filed in Usage
  • 7 comments

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xenomi Apr-24-2011

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Personally, I think if you understand the meaning of the word or if the message gets across then it's a "real" word. I understand it, I see what message you're trying to convey so I say yes.

jalinweaver May-04-2011

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Edgar Allan Poe used it in The Raven: Quoth the raven: "Nevermore".

http://www.heise.de/ix/raven/Literature/Lore/TheRaven.html

dianne roberti May-06-2011

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Blast! I was going to quote that pesky bird.

Red1 May-09-2011

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Ultimately, "real words" are words that enough people use and understand for it to hold some currency. So if "nevermore" wasn't a word before Edgar Allan Poe, it certainly is now.

Kyle1 May-11-2011

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I guess so ... .

sigurd May-12-2011

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Nevermore has been around for several hundred years and is a perfectly good word to use.

AnWulf Aug-02-2011

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