A 'blue zillion'
jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Tue Dec 7 19:09:48 UTC 2004
Gazillion, bazillion, blazillion = ? blue zillion
--- David Bowie <db.list at PMPKN.NET> wrote:
> I recently had a student (army brat, so she doesn't
> have a cohesive
> linguistic background) use the phrase "blue
> zillion", meaning "lots", in an
> email to me. The relevant bit (including a typo from
> the original, ellipsis
> points also in the original):
> "I went to the library to look at for articles
> online, and i found
> a blue zillion...i looked through some of them,
> but gave up and
> went to look at the periodicals in the library."
> Googling this, i get 61 (after duplicates are
> eliminated), most of which
> unambiguously have this meaning, in both
> unhyphenated and hyphenated forms.
> As a single compound word, Google gives me 13, only
> a few of which have this
> meaning. (Only 3 non-duplicate ones with this
> meaning in the plural, both of
> which have the form "blue zillions".)
> An interesting hit is a letter that starts:
> "I know you receive a blue zillion e-mails every
> day, so I've made
> my third attempt a bit easier with an easy "yes
> and no" format."
> The response to the letter (same page, ellipsis
> points in original) begins:
> "A blue zillion? . . . . Well, not every day. Some
> days only a light
> mauve billion, but others, a jungle-red
> gazillion. But who's
> counting, right?"
> No idea whether the playing with it in the response
> is evidence of playing
> with a familiar form, or playing with a
> to-the-writer novel form.
> Anyway, anyone else run across this?
> David Bowie
> Jeanne's Two Laws of Chocolate: If there is no
> chocolate in the
> house, there is too little; some must be
> purchased. If there is
> chocolate in the house, there is too much; it
> must be consumed.
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