Random musings of a wandering soul

>What is this new word?


Off late, I have been hearing this word “humongous” quite often in conversations and whatever I read, but had no clue what it meant. Guess my vocabulary must be seriously outdated.

Anyway, it reminded me of another term that was quite a craze a few years back – “Paradigm Shift” . This was the favorite corporate jargon at that time and I wonder whether half of them actually knew what it meant. There was a hilarious reference to this by Anitha Nair in one of her articles in Sunday Express. Not exactly the same words, but the gist is here – “These days everyone is talking about this new thing called Paradigm. I have never been able to understand what it is, but one thing I know- it is always shifting”

(P.S. – If anyone is as ignorant as I am, humongous means “extremely large”, “Huge “, “perhaps alteration of huge + monstrous” – courtesy Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)


Comments on: ">What is this new word?" (6)

  1. >I thought humungous was OK from the way it sounded. I did quite understand it. But I agree with Anita Nair on Paradigm!

  2. >that was a paradigm shift from your usual style to explain a humongously complicated word :O

  3. >Hey, Looks like Georgy does not watch BEN-10? Johann tells me the meaning of quite a bit of alien words!!!

  4. >Some people like to impress with humongous words. Whats wrong with enormous? As far as paradigm is concerned, hmm,the word shifted before I could grasp the meaning.

  5. >@sreeram – but of course!@rocksea 😀 and congrats again!@jes – why didn't I think of it? next time i'll do just that@aparna – i know what you mean about paradigm 🙂

  6. >Humongous I know but ummm ….finally I can ask what a paradim shift is without losing face;-D????

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