The word geeks at Merriam-Webster have updated the 2007 edition of the Collegiate Dictionary and added an exaggeration that every teacher and parent has heard from an overexcited kid for at least the last five years: ginormous.
It's a mix of gigantic and enormous, and as any kid who's eaten a Freebirds burrito can tell you, it means "extremely large," like this, or "humongous." (Remember when that one got added? 1983, after about 20 years in circulation -- a combination of huge and monstrous.)
Being a bit of a snob when it comes to the language, I was mildly put off by the addition of ginormous at first. But on further reflection, even with its enormity, I guess it's harmless.
There are about 100 new words in the latest edition (11th). My favorite so far is nocebo -- kind of the opposite of placebo.
Another that made me kind of cringe: viewshed, as in "watershed."
Pick your favorites, and least favorites, here.
-- T-Bone, firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S.: I hope you all duly noted this recent notable anniversary. If not, please do so now.