Merriam Makes Ginormous Addition

Main Entry: gi·nor·mous Function: adjective Etymology: gigantic + enormous Date: circa 1948 : extremely large : humongous
By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2007 9:06 PM CDT
This page galley proof shows the work on adding the word "ginormous" into the upcoming Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, in Springfield, Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Ginormous, which is an adjective...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The word wranglers at Merriam-Webster have, after 49 long years, admitted 'ginormous' into the company's collegiate dictionary. Other newly approved words include crunk (southern rap music), and the abbreviations DVR and IED.  Also admitted to the class of 2007 were smackdowns, telenovas, gray literature, and microgreen.   Look them up in the dictionary.

Merriam-Webster president John Morse explained the company's standard for admission, "...it's become a part of our language. It's used by professional writers in mainstream publications. It clearly has staying power."   So if it shows up enough in print a new word gets in...eventually. (Read more ginormous stories.)