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May 27, 2005

English and American.

Via Newmark’s Door I see that Mirriam Webster asked people for their favourite word that was not in the dictionary, Number 1 was "ginormous". As I actually used the word a day or two ago (with reference to condom sizing, of all things) I thought I’d actually check this. There in my Chanbers (1998 edition) it is, ginormous, (colloquial), huge, altogether enormous, (gigantic and enormous).

As ever, the English, leading the way for the colonial cousins.

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Chambers. English? When did they move?

P.S. does your edition contain their famous definition of an eclair? (If it does, you'll know it.)

Posted by: dearieme | May 27, 2005 3:47:33 PM

I thought you were Portuguese?

Tim adds: English but live in Portugee Land (and have also lived in Russia and the US).

Posted by: yellerKat | May 27, 2005 7:15:55 PM

"a cake, long in shape but short in duration."

Good one, Chambers...

Posted by: john b | May 28, 2005 11:58:04 AM