Wednesday, May 18, 2005

'Vocabularians' submit top unlisted words (article)

The editors of Merriam-Webster dictionaries got more than 3,000 entries when, in a lighthearted moment, they asked visitors to their Web site to submit their favorite words that aren't in the dictionary.
First place went to "ginormous" -- bigger than gigantic and bigger than enormous -- followed by "confuzzled" for confused and puzzled simultaneously, and "whoot," an exclamation of joy. A "lingweenie" -- a person incapable of making up new words -- placed 10th.

Ah, I remember it well the first time I heard the word ginormous, it was Battle Bots, and it was funny. Now I use it regularly, and the word enormous sounds kinds weird to me.
Three cheers for made-up words!

No comments: