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Ability Naming Conventions
The following sources are used for determining evolved human ability names, in order:
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4. Common names for abilities Names from other works
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Granulation describes what Gordon can do.
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Hmmm...How about...Sand Transition?

I just read up on a word, Vitrification, which is also called Glass Transition. It is defined as the process of turning a substance into a glass. The same could be used to define this ability, but instead with sand. Sand Transition. Whaddya think? User:Shadowulf1 16:23, 27 March 2010 (EDT)

  • Except it's not turning random things into glass. It turns a "glass-forming liquid" into glass. And its other examples appear to be liquids becoming the sort of "expected" solids. It's not a transformation. --Ricard Desi 18:00, 27 March 2010 (EDT)


Okay, well since you can't come up with any name that fits, just keep it Gordon's ability. If you think you're gonna find a word or phrase that EXACTLY describes the conversion of non-sand matter into sand, good luck. I personally think the pursuit of such a word is ridiculous, because this ability is fictional. You're all being asinine with how strict your word selection is. Sand Conversion implies conversion into sand, as long as you specify it that way. Sand Transition implies the induction of a transition of matter into sand if you specify it that way. Sand Transmutation can imply transmutation of matter INTO sand if you specify it that way. However, if an ability does happen to come along that does allow transmutation/conversion/transition of sand into something else, only THEN should the name be changed. otherwise, the use of Sand Conversion, Sand Transmutation and/or Sand Transition seem the best non-neologistic terms one could use to describe this ability. Granulation is idiotic because it is the crystalizing of matter into grains. Sand is granulate, but no crystallization takes place (on top of that, it might imply that the matter retained its form, but just took on a grainy texture, instead of actually turning into sand). Disinitegration would imply that the matter's integrity was compromised, breaking it up into parts (more like Tom's ability, believe it or not), Sandification and Psammification defy your little uppity rules about neologism, Sand-Based Transmutation implies that the user requires sand in order to transmute matter, Non-Sand-Into-Sand Conversion is far too long (I only suggested it to show you how ridiculous you were being), Sand-Output Transmutation implies that the result of transmutation leaves behind sand or something, Mineralization implies the user can also turn things into other minerals along with the minerals of which sand is composed (which has not been verified), Reverse Sand Transmutation implies that the user turns matter back into sand after it was first transmuted into something else, Sand Granulation implies that the user granulates sand (which is ridiculous), Psammous is not a word, so Psammous Transmutation is out (Neologism haters!). And on top of that, this is freakin SAND, can't you tell? Anything with dust should be automatically out. So what does that leave us with? Not a whole lot of dictionary left when it comes to things pertaining to sand. No word exactly fits the use of this ability because this ability DOES NOT EXIST! That's like looking for the word Telekinesis in the dictionary back in the 1800's! If you tried to find the ability to move things with your mind, the word you'd find it under is BLASPHEMY or WITCHCRAFT! You IDIOTS! Get real, be smart, and pick one that's close enough. If you actually read this like a non-lazy person, you'll see that I've provided evidence as to why the names I'e given are the best ones for the job...maybe we should ALL provide our reasoning in greater detail when justifying the names we suggest. it certainly would help get some of the less-qualified names out of the way. User:Shadowulf1 13:29, 7 April 2010 (EDT)