“To change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.”
I learned the word “transmogrify” from one of the best comic strips of all time, Calvin and Hobbes. The Transmogrifier was an upside-down cardboard box that could transform its tenant into any other creature — a tiger, an elephant, a toad, a pile of worms. (Eventually, Calvin invented the Transmogrifier Gun, for more efficient, on-the-go transformation.) Presumably, it could also change a creature into an inanimate object, per Calvin’s stated wish to turn his nemesis Susie into a bowl of chowder.
Truth be told, I used to think it was a word that Bill Watterson, the cartoonist who created Calvin and Hobbes, made up. How wrong I was; it’s based on the very real word “transmogrify,” which means, “to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.”
The dog park near my apartment has signage painted on the pavement to indicate the dog-friendly areas — stick-figure people walking their stick-dogs. A few months ago, the dogs all transmogrified overnight, into a whimsical array of creatures:
The balloon animal dog is my personal favorite; other variants include an origami Corgi, Snoopy, and a cat.
This week, your theme is transmogrify. Transform. Morph. Change. Show us something already transformed, on the cusp of transformation, or that you wish you could transform. Share a photo of your human niece transmogrified into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for Halloween, or take a shot of some street art (aka, a wall that’s been transmogrified into something else). Or create a gallery, with a series of photos showing a metamorphosis in progress.