Wednesday, August 23, 2017


A fine episode of Helen Zaltzman’s podcast The Allusionist, about hyperbolic indefinite numerals: “Zillions.”

Our household’s favorite hyperbolic indefinite numeral is eleventyteen, from Elaine’s father Burton Fine. What’s your favorite hyperbolic indefinite numeral?

comments: 7

Geo-B said...

brazillian! I've used this a brazillianTimes!

Pete said...

I prefer bajillions.

Frex said...

eh, I'm boring in this: I say zillions.

This topic reminds me of an embiggening word that makes my skin crawl:

Why, I wonder, do some words make our skin crawl?
For me, they're not necessarily neologisms (though I do also hate staycation)--sometimes they're quite normal old words-- munch, for instance, gives me the creeps.

Michael Leddy said...

Mucilage, swab, the list goes on.

Fresca said...

Yep. My skin crawls at those!

Fresca said...

P.S. Actually, I'm OK with swab.

But mucilage.... yuck! I think it's the meaning + the sound.
However, I am perfectly unmoved by the name slime mold.

shallnot said...

I like "much". One recent conversation using it:

"Do you have many?"


"How many?"