A Ginormous Mistake

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Now that Merriam-Webster has officially proclaimed that ‘ginormous’ is a word, I have even less regard for their dictionary.   ‘Ginormous’ is a horrible debacle as far as my ears are concerned. It also makes me think of ‘vagina,’ but I know I am overly sensitive to the V word. I don’t even like girls named Regina.

Anyway, what next, ‘kajillion?’ That one bothers me as well, but ‘eleventy billion’ is okay, because it’s so cute.

Allan Metcalf, a professor of English at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., and the executive secretary of the American Dialect Society, doesn’t like ‘ginormous.’ Here’s what he said about it:

“A new word that stands out and is ostentatious is going to sink like a lead balloon,” he said. “It might enjoy a fringe existence.”

Isn’t that an awful sentence?!   Why is this guy on the board of the American Dialect Society? No wonder everything is screwed up.

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2 Responses to A Ginormous Mistake

  1. Sonja says:

    What do you think of ‘squillion’? I use it all the time. Not as cute a ‘eleventy billion’ but better than ‘kajillion’, no?

  2. Sister Wolf says:

    Squillion is good, I like it! Please continue using it.

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