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Just so you people don't think of me as a monster. I ask this question because recently I was playing NetHack and there is a magic scroll that allows you to genocide a species of monsters (usually evil bad ones that want to hurt you, like a master mind flayer).

I was trying to convey this to my friends by saying. I am having a good game so far I genocided over 16 types of monsters. They scoffed at me saying this was incorrect as genocided is not a word. What word should I use then in this case?

I've also noticed the game itself uses the word genocided, so I am not sure If they are correct or the game is correct with the usage.

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To commit genocide is the usual 'verb', so to speak. – Anonym Feb 24 '14 at 14:46
To make a verb out of any old noun is allowed in English...except te first few times it sounds pretty uneducated, the next few it sounds very informal, and then it has to really catch on before it is accepted formally. 'to genocide a species' sounds a little weird/informal. If one had to form a past tense it could only be by the regular method 'genocided' which sounds particularly off/juvenile (like a child is saying 'sing-ded' for 'sang' except there's no other possibility for 'genocide'. – Mitch Feb 24 '14 at 14:54
@user61979 Yes, good one; that would mean "committed genocide" might suit OP. BUT, that is intransitive whereas what OP seems to want is something transitive. – d'alar'cop Feb 24 '14 at 14:56
To commit genocide on the monsters, perhaps? To be the genocide of the monsters, is also possible, despite that being a -cide is less common now than committing a -cide. – Anonym Feb 24 '14 at 15:00
possible duplicate of Which nouns can be used as verbs?. Or, indeed, “Umbrella” as a verb? – FumbleFingers Feb 24 '14 at 15:37

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If it's a large group you've killed, then 'massacred', 'slaughtered', or particularly 'exterminated' would work better. Genocide has no past tense as it's not a verb.

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However why not verb Genocide? It is understandable English :) – mplungjan Feb 24 '14 at 14:44
If it is verbed, it becomes a regular verb: genocided. Yuk. – Andrew Leach Feb 24 '14 at 14:48
Genocided is ineloquent at best. OP will do better to avoid using it as a verb. Committed genocide if he really wants to use that word; otherwise eradicated may work, in addition to Ronan's suggestions. – Anonym Feb 24 '14 at 14:50
@mplungjan Verbing nouns comes under the category of "Humpty-Dumpty-ing things," (cf. Through the Looking Glass). – Carl Witthoft Feb 24 '14 at 14:55
Weedicided could be fun. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 24 '14 at 16:00

Your friends are telling you that they'd rather you spared them the details of your quest to retrieve the Amulet of Yendor from the Mazes of Menace.

Genocide as a verb is Nethack jargon. By repudiating this usage of the word, they are showing you that they do not wish to be associated with the community of Nethack players.

In general English, while genocide does appear as a verb in print, it does not seem to have been accepted into the standard lexicon. And I hope it never will be -- I don't want to live in a world where we have a need for such a verb.

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The direct answer to your problem is that you should have said that you collected 16 different types of "Genocide Scrolls" and then used them.

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