Frank Pierce
Does anyone have any information on the origin of this improbable word? It sounds like a coinage, and not a word that derived naturally from earlier roots or a corruption of an existing word. I'd guess that, unlike many terms, this has not only an origin but an originator. I first encountered it in the late sixties.
Webster's validates your sentiments: humongous
Pete Porro
From personal experience I would agree, but that doesn't validate anything. First I heard the word was on radio (Chicago rock DJ) and someone writing a childrens book in the late sixties. I looked through the Oxford Universal, I have from the 50s and it does not appear.

A new one I heard recently is "Gianormus" which I think is regional because it's from Ohio and I'm not. Any opinions?

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