Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Mon Jun 25 14:44:00 UTC 2012

This is a blend, of course ("momentous" + "monumental"), with the blending aided by the phonetic similarity.
Cf. also ("fantabulous") from about 30 years ago, blended from "fantastic" and "fabulous") and aided by phonetic similarity.
The blended form also expresses added intensity. Something may be merely "momentous" or "monumental" -- impressive, to be sure -- but if it's "monumentous," now that's something to write home about.

Gerald Cohen


 Jonathan Lighter wrote, Monday, June 25, 2012 9:07 AM:

Reported here in 2006 as weird.

CNN says today that the Supreme Court decision on the health-care law could
be "monumentous."

There are now 42,000 raw Googlits.


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