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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 3rd August 2021
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humongous or humungous (adjective) hyoo-MUN-gus

Enormous. Used as an intensifier in the same way as words such as awfully and terribly.

There should be a humungous great sign which says, "There is a red light camera at this intersection."

Mr Hargreaves, Australian Hansard, 7 August 2001. Australian Hansard

The whole thing created a lot of stress and tension, moving this humongous thing around the country.

David Bowie, In Other Words. Amazon

But the Office's main assignment is, basically, to turn everything in cyberspace about everybody - tax records, driver's-license applications, travel records, bank records, raw F.B.I. files, telephone records, credit-card records, shopping-mall security-camera videotapes, medical records, every e-mail anybody ever sent - into a single, humongous, multi-googolplexibyte database that electronic robots will mine for patterns of information suggestive of terrorist activity.

Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker, 9 December 2002. The New Yorker

I heedlessly scarf down humongous slabs of fish, doused in my grandmother’s weapons-grade marinade, and we head back to the nursing home.

Mark Leyner, The New Yorker, 17 June 2002. The New Yorker

In France, of course, she has humongous cachet, but elsewhere she's just a French-fried waif with a celestial twinkle in her eye.

Michael Atkinson, The Guardian, 21 January 2000.

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