jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Wed Dec 1 15:33:04 UTC 1999
I appear to have been wrong about Mark Twain using
"hellacious". A word-search through on-line copies of
his main works failed to turn-up the word, but of
course that wasn't a check on everything he ever
wrote. Too bad - "hellacious" sounds like a word
Twain SHOULD have used!
The WWWebster Dictionary had this entry:
Main Entry: hel·la·cious
Etymology: hell + -acious (as in audacious)
1 : exceptionally powerful or violent
2 : remarkably good
3 : extremely difficult
4 : extraordinarily large
- hel·la·cious·ly adverb
It's still the word I would propose as the most likely
source for the prefix "hella-".
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