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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.
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Nevermore has been around for several hundred years and is a perfectly good word to use.
I guess so ... .
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.
Blast! I was going to quote that pesky bird.
Edgar Allan Poe used it in The Raven: Quoth the raven: "Nevermore".
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.
Yes, you can find it in the dictionary: http://oxforddictionaries.com/view/entry/m_en_gb0555450#m_en_gb0555450
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