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jumbo

Postby eberntson » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:23 am

A very large person or thing.

Some think it's comes from "mumbo jumbo" , and others think it is from the popularization of the word by Jumbo the elephant when the London Zoo sold him to PT Barnum. The London zookeeper named him probably based on Swahili words jambe or jamba. Worth a read up on this incredible creature and fun word. I once worked on 2 projects at Microsoft code named Dumbo n Jumbo.
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Re: jumbo

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:11 am

My vote is on the elephant. We have a lot of inexact references to size in English. I like humongous best for great size and itsy-bitsy for small things.
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Re: jumbo

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:17 am

Or you can drop the s: itty bitty.
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Re: jumbo

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:05 pm

One could drop the s but then the baby's song, "Itsy bitsy spider" would not sound nearly so cute.
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Re: jumbo

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:45 pm

Not to mention the polka dot bikini.
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