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Shamu

noun; zero derivation
A unit of time, equal to the lifespan of “Shamu”, the well-known killer whale at Seaworld. Shamu is a unit of time, equal to the lifespan of “Shamu”, the killer whale at Seaworld. This word was suggested mostly in jest, during a conversation about how long killer whales live. Someone made up a number for their lifespan and then claimed that it is regular enough that a unit of time could be named after it. It therefore received the name Shamu, after the well known killer whale, and because that was the original topic of the conversation. The word itself was formed through zero-derivation from the killer whale’s name.
 
When I’m 52.5, I will be two shamus old.
Etymology : Shamu. No known etymology.
Source : Friend at Rice
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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