Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Nov 7 14:05:01 UTC 2010

On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 12:21 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Tony Harris on CNN: "This is just a *magilla* of a storm!  *There's* a word
> a haven't used in a long time!"
> 250 RGs for "magilla of a."
> I assume this has been influenced by "The Magilla Gorilla Show"
> (1963-1967).  It's a gorilla of a storm. You know, a monster.

Today's "Doonesbury" has Roland Hedley saying to a fictional Dubya,
"Mr. President, let's talk about the big magilla -- your decision to
invade Iraq."


Ben Zimmer

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