Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 14:34:40 -0400
From: Larry Horn
Subject: Re: 9guzillion9

At 11:00 AM -0700 6/15/98, A. Vine wrote:
>Avi Arditti wrote:
>> Next Sunday the topic will be *g /uh/ zillion.* I have even heard
>>:guzillionaire.: If anyone would like to contribute any thoughts, please
>>do -- I might read your note on the air.
>I would write the word "gazillion" rather than "guzillion". I'm trying to
>figure out why, but I seem to see nonsense or augmentative words in English
>having a "ga" at the beginning: gaga, gads, gazonga, gargantuan.
For sure. And it's not just an informal impression on Andrea's (or my)
part. Nexis has exactly 6 cites of "guzillion" in its entire ALLNWS file.
It has 402 cites of "gazillion" just since 1/1/98. There were 345 cites
during the same period (1/1 to 6/15) in 1997, which weakly suggests that
it's becoming more popular. Either that, or inflation is kicking in.