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Gigundus

blending Adjective
Extremely large in size
 
This word is used to exaggerate the size of something in general, especially for comedic purposes. It is possible that the word itself contributes to the humor of a situation because of its ridiculous pronunciation. Upon hearing the word, one suspects a clear resemblance to ‘gigantic’. The user of the word chooses not to use gigantic likely because they want to spice up their statement by using a new word. When people hear ‘gigundus’ instead of ‘gigantic’, they may get caught off guard and thus find more humor out of the situation. Because of its similar pronunciation, it is possible that gigundus also came from humongous. However, if that were true, the word would perhaps be ‘gigungus’ instead of ‘gigundus’. Thus, either humongous did not have an influence on the word, or a phonological change was made due to the awkward-sounding pronunciation of ‘gigungus’.
Etymology : Most likely derived from gigantic, possibly blended with humongous.
Source : “That kid is gigundus” -Friend (November 2016)
Last modified: 30 November 2016


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