Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Nov 7 14:02:45 UTC 2010

At 9:05 AM -0500 11/7/10, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>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."
Complete with the elegant verb "to hand-cherry-pick".

I have this picture of a triangular wrestling ring containing, one in
each corner, the Big Kahuna, the Big Enchilada, and the Big Magilla,
each dressed in his (or her?) traditional ethnic garb.   Am I missing
a fourth contenduh?


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