"majorly" adjective [sic]?

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Thu May 28 18:36:46 UTC 2009

A correspondent reports to me that his 11-year-old son has
started to use the word _majorly_ as an adjective. He is not
confused about parts of speech; some of the reported sentences
are "That was a majorly hamburger" or "Then this majorly wave
knocked over the sand castle."

Lest you think that this one example is some sort of eggcorn
for _major-league_, he further reports hearing other -ly
adverbs being used similarly, e.g. "The teacher gave us a
ridiculously assignment" (i.e., an unacceptably large amount
of homework).

I bounced this off a few new-word-savvy people here at DSNA,
and no one had heard of it; speculations included an extension
from other -ly adjectives such as _princely_, and a shift of
interjectional use ("Majorly!").

Anyone else encounter this?

Jesse Sheidlower

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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