The Word

By Dogtown Commoner | Posted at 11:07 pm, July 12th, 2007 | Topic: language

The word from Springfield, Mass. is that “ginormous” has cleared the bar:

Merriam-Webster updates its best-selling Collegiate® Dictionary every year with a number of new words, senses, and variants. This year, the word “ginormous” was one of approximately 100 neologisms to make the cut, while many others will stay “closely watched” by our editors for possible inclusion in future revisions. (This, of course, begs the question: so just exactly how does a word get into the Merriam-Webster dictionary?)

And good for Merriam-Webster. The M-W Collegiate is a quintessentially American dictionary (Oxford, schmoxford), and we sure like things big — big cars, big houses, big televisions, Big Macs. “Gigantic” and “enormous” just weren’t cutting it anymore. Hell, even our sunflowers make Japanese sedans look like toys: