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Which is the correct form when adding the -ify suffix to member?

  1. memberify
  2. membrify

I know it's not a regular word, I want to use it in a context for something like "make me a member".

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Is this a word that you've seen, or one that you want to use? What does it mean? –  Barrie England May 6 '12 at 17:32
    
Hi Barrie, I believe is not a reqular word, it just means something like "make me a member". I'm not a native English speaker so I do not know the rules very well, that's why I'm asking. –  wpmika May 6 '12 at 17:37
    
Then it would be better to find some other way of expressing it, as in Christi's answer. –  Barrie England May 6 '12 at 17:42
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Where have you heard this word before? What does the dictionary say? –  Mitch May 6 '12 at 18:12
    
There is no such word, but if there would be it would be memberize. There are several hundred hits for "memberized" on Google, as opposed to only a handful for either of your suggestions. And fewer than half seem to be eggcorns for "memorize". (Is this in the eggcorn database? If not, it should be.) –  Peter Shor May 6 '12 at 22:22

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There is no word "memberify" in either form. You may be looking for "initiate", "join" or "ratify" depending on context. I suggest that the most common English construction similar to your question would probably be "I made him a member".

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If you want to coin a word, coin it. There is no "correct". (But be prepared for people to complain about your logogony).

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