One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Transformation into a pumpkin; used especially with reference to the elevation to divine status of the Roman emperor Claudius. Hence allusively: extravagant or absurdly uncritical glorification; an instance of this.
Mid 19th century. From pumpkin + -ification, after Hellenistic Greek ἀποκολοκύντωσις transformation into a pumpkin (from ancient Greek ἀπο- + κολοκύνθη pumpkin, of uncertain origin + -ωσις, after Hellenistic Greek ἀποθέωσις), the title of a travesty (ascribed to Seneca) of the apotheosis of the Roman emperor Claudius Caesar.
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