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fantabulous fantastic, fabulous ETAF Staff Authentic

Fantastic, fabulous, excellent.

favicon favorite, icon ETAF Staff Authentic A computer file containing one or more small icons that symbolize and signify a particular website or web page. A favicon is commonly seen in an internet browser's URL or address bar at the top of the browser or in the names of files stored on a personal computer.
flaperon flap, aileron ETAF Staff Authentic

An airplane's control surface functioning both as a flap and as an aileron.

frappuccino frappe, cappucino ETAF Staff Newly Coined A drink that combines iced cappuccino style esspresso coffee with frothed milk and other ingredients, usually topped with whipped cream.
frienemy; frenemy friend, enemy ETAF Staff Newly Coined

An actual enemy who pretends to be a friend. A true friend who also is a rival. Applies to personal, geopolitical, and commercial relationships among individuals, groups, or institutions.

Frienemey is not only a portmanteau word, it's an oxymoron as well!

frunk front, trunk ETAF Staff Authentic An autombile luggage compartment located at a car's front. Example: the Tesla has both a trunk and a frunk.
geep goat, sheep ETAF Staff Authentic

The artificial offspring of a goat and a sheep.

A geep is a sheep-goat chimera produced by combining the embryos of a goat and a sheep. The resulting animal has cells of both sheep and goat origin. A geep should not be confused with a sheep-goat hybrid, which can result when a goat mates with a sheep.

gerrymander Gerry, salamander ETAF Staff Authentic In U.S. politics, a gerrymander is the dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible. Elbridge Gerry was the governor of Massachusetts when his party redistricted the state in 1812. After redistricting, a voting district on the map of Essex County resembled the shape of a salamander. Combine Gerry and salamander and you get gerrymander.
ginormous gigantic, enormous ETAF Staff Authentic

Extraordiarily large in size, extent, amount, power, or degree. This term originated in the 1940s as American WWII military slang.

See also: humongous

glamazon glamor, amazon ETAF Staff Newly Coined

A beautiful, tall, voluptuous woman who places a high value on beauty, glamour, and fashion. Or a heavy-set woman of similar disposition who takes pride in demonstrating that big is sexy.

A glamazon worships glamor and can be belligerent toward others who do not share her sensibility.

Coined by the singing group, the Glamazons

gleets glove, feet anonymous Newly Coined Have you seen five fingers running shoes shaped like gloves but worn on your feet? Try calling them gleets. Ths portmanteau word has been submitted by an anonymous visitor to Electricka's web site. (Visitor: Your offering is clever, and The Muse Of Language Arts hereby thanks you for it. Maybe your name will catch on.)
globish global, English ETAF Staff Authentic

A subset of the English language that enables global conversation anywhere in the world. A modern-day lingua franca. Especially helpful for tourists and businessman from any nation who visit any other nation.

Principal features and advantages: All parties communicate in English using only 1500 words which cover most of what most tourists or businessman need to say. Speakers employ a simple, small, standard vocaulary and pronounciation with a grammatical structure that's easy to learn.

guestimate, guesstimate guess, estimate ETAF Staff Authentic

An estimate arrived at by guesswork. To estimate without substantial basis in facts or statistics.

hokum hokus-pocus, bunkum ETAF Staff Authentic

Out-and-out nonsense; bunkum; false or irrelevant material introduced into a speech, essay, and the like, in order to arouse interest, excitement, or amusement.

Hollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood Hollywood ETAF Staff Authentic

Hollywood: The NW part of Los Angeles, California, center of the American motion-picture industry.

Bollywood: The informal name for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (formerly Bombay). The Bo in Bombay rhymes with the Ho in Hollywood.

Bollywood is only a part of the total Indian film industry, but it's the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world. The name was inspired by Tollywood.

Tollywood: The name used starting in 1932 to refer to the cinema of West Bengal. It refers to the Bengali film industry based in Tollygunge, part of which rhymes with Hollywood, and was the center of the cinema of India at the time. It's the earliest Hollywood-inspired name in the Indian film industry.

The name Bollywood arose as the Bombay-based film industry overtook the one in Tollygunge as the center of the Indian film industry.

holometer holographic, interferometer ETAF Staff Authentic The staff at the Fermilab national accelerator laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, USA, has invented a device for using gravity waves to test how space, time, matter, and energy behave on the very smallest of scales. It's a holographic interferometer they call a holometer. The last time a device called a holometer existed was the 18th century. The it was described as a device for the easy measurement of anything whatsoever.
humongous, humungous huge, tremendous/monstrous ETAF Staff Authentic

Extraordinarily large, huge, great or immense. Also, shocking, outrageous, frightful or hideous in appearance; ugly or revolting; deviating grotesquely from natural or normal form. This term originated between 1965 and 1970 as American slang.

See also: ginormous

immittance impedance, admittance ETAF Staff Authentic

In the field of electricity and electrical circuits, impedance or admittance, used when the distinction between the two is not relevant.

infomercial information, commercial ETAF Staff Authentic

In radio and television, an infomercial is a long commercial that informs or instructs, especially in an original and entertaining manner. Also, informercial.

infotainment information, entertainment ETAF Staff Authentic See edutainment.


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