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HUMOR but vaguely on topic: Merriam-Webster ranks neo-logisms

From:Gregory Gadow <techbear@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 20:50
I don't expect we have many lingweenies on this list; we are all
vocabularians, right?

Reprinted in full from

'Ginormous' Tops Non-Dictionary Word List

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The response from the "vocabularians" was so
"ginormous" that the lexicographers let out a "whoot."

"Confuzzled?" You must be a "lingweenie."

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.

"It was a lot of fun," Arthur Bicknell, a spokesman for the
Springfield-based dictionary publisher, said Monday. "We weren't expecting
so many. They only had two weeks."

Some of the proposed words even gained multiple submissions so the editors
came up with an unofficial Top 10 list.

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.

Besides the Top Ten, some loyal Mary Poppins fans submitted
"supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," which is in the Oxford English
Dictionary, Bicknell said. He also spotted "a number of Harry Potterisms"
among the entries.

"We will have to see about those," he said.

Gregory Gadow