End of ADS-L Digest - 16 Jun 1998 to 17 Jun 1998
There are 23 messages totalling 1189 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. bazillions..
2. plural's - a new development? (3)
3. Linguistic humor (fwd)
4. Long story on Melungeons (2)
5. Estuary English (3)
6. plural's - a new development? (LONG repost)
7. "email"
8. "concerning," adj. (4)
9. Plus Size Singles
10. RE>Plus Size Singles (2)
11. "skell" update
12. R.I.P., Tom Creswell
13. meat-eater & qualifer
14. Meat-eater & qualifier


Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 00:17:25 -0400
From: Bryan Gick
Subject: bazillions..

> Avi,
> 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.
> Andrea

I haven't really been following this string, but upon noticing it, I
thought it might be relevant that "bazillion" is about as familiar to me
as "gazillion" (I'm from rural NW Pennsylvania).
This, of course, leads to further conjecture on the mysterious
augmentative onomatoprefix "ba-" (cf. "bazooms", bazooka, balloon, etc.).
Also re. the "ga-", how about the "ka-" in "kaboom", "kablam", etc.?
"kaboodle" (whole kit and _)?