viv·i·fy, scriv·en·er, A·mu·ga·ba

Posted in Feature on January 4, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

viv·i·fy
scriv·en·er
A·mu·ga·ba

viv·i·fy

Vivify

From Merriam-Webster Online:
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -fied; -fy·ing
1 : to endue with life or renewed life : animate (rains that vivify the barren hills)
2 : to impart vitality or vividness to (concentrating this union of quality and meaning in a way which vivifies both -- John Dewey)
Etymology: Middle French vivifier, from Late Latin vivificare, from Latin vivificus enlivening, from vivus alive
Date: 1545

scriv·en·er

Scrivener

From Merriam-Webster Online:
Function: noun
1 : a professional or public copyist or writer : scribe
2 : notary public
Etymology: Middle English scriveiner, alteration of scrivein, from Middle French escrivein, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin scriban-, scriba, alteration of Latin scriba scribe
Date: 14th century

A·mu·ga·ba

Amugaba

From Rei Nakazawa, Magic creative text writer:
Function: noun
Etymology: Like many Magic card names, Amugaba has its roots in a foreign language - in this case from the Ugandan name Mugaba. The naming team thought Mugaba meant "one whose animal totem is an eel," and thus would have been very appropriate for the card. However, upon closer inspection of the research source, they realized that they had looked at the wrong entry! Mugaba really meant "given by God," and the name that corresponded with eel-totem was actually Mubiru. Regardless, they decided that "Amugaba" sounded better than "Amubiru," so the name was kept.

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