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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

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

AnWulf August 2, 2011, 3:54pm

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I guess so ... .

sigurd May 12, 2011, 8:56am

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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.

Kyle May 11, 2011, 5:26pm

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Blast! I was going to quote that pesky bird.

Red May 9, 2011, 11:05am

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

dianne roberti May 6, 2011, 7:02pm

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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 4, 2011, 9:37pm

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Yes, you can find it in the dictionary:

xenomi April 24, 2011, 2:07pm

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Yes     No