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Scrumptulescent

adjective; analogy
Extremely tasty. (‘the scrumptulescent cheesecake’) Apparent meaning, etymology, and type of word formation: “Scrumptulescent” means extremely delicious. The word is a process of formation by analogy. The root words are “scrumptious,” meaning delightfully delicious, an alteration of sumptuous, which is Middle English, from Middle French sumptueux, from Latin sumptuosus, from sumptus, the semi-morpheme “ul” meaning ‘to a greater extent,’ and the adjective forming suffix “-escent” coming from Middle French, from Latin -escent-, -escens, present participle suffix of inchoative verbs in –escere. The suffix “-escent” means beginning, beginning to be, or slightly. Although based on context clues, the newly formed word means more than just slightly delicious. In this case the meaning of the adjective suffix has been distorted to encompass an additional unique meaning indicating emphasis. Possible reason used: The coiner was trying to convey his faith in the extremely tasty food that he would soon eat. He created the new word to call attention to the adjective and heighten the effect of describing good taste by using a different adjective forming ending.
 
I know the food they cooked will be scrumptulescent!
Etymology : [“scrumpt” <“scrumptious” < “sumptuous” ME < Middle F. sumptueux < L. sumptuosus, from sumptus + “ul” ‘to a greater extent’ + “-escent” Middle F. < L. -escent-]
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Last modified: 10 June 2008


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