Tuesday, July 24, 2007


I can see my grammarphilic friend Red Pen Inc. cringing over that headline, and how it uses a made-up word.

Only, it's not. "Ginormous" is in the 2007 edition of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, along with "sudoku," "crunk," "hardscape," "perfect storm," "Bollywood" and "nocebo." Strangely enough, the definition of "crunk" doesn't say anything about an awful-tasting energy drink pimped by a Southern rapper.

Now, if only M-W would designate "grammarphilic" as a real word...

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Ha! Somehow "ginormous" doesn't bother me, but I think "crunk" being in the dictionary is completely appalling.
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