Tuesday March 22, 2005
First there was Godzilla, from the Japanese gojira, a portmanteau word combining gorira 'gorilla' and kujira 'whale'. Next came Mozilla, presumably the combination of mosaic (the old-school NCSA web browser) and Godzilla. In addition to these, we also have hogzilla, south Georgia's monster hog, and the (newly coined?) catzilla for a huge feline terrorizing London. I think it's time to recognize a new productive morphological process in English for monsterizing or humongofying any noun: combine the first syllable of that noun with the suffix -zilla. Some other examples I found with Google: truckzilla, lawzilla, and medzilla. Also, note the difference in hit count between properly-formed choczilla (one syllable before the -zilla, 92 ghits) and the malformed chocozilla (two syllables, 7 ghits).
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Note Dav Pilkey's children's book (c) 1993 Dogzilla
and, as an alternative monsterizer Kong, as in the same author's Cat Kong
The one I've heard of more than your examples is "bridezilla". Gripping stories can be found here: http://www.etiquettehell.com/wedindex.htm .
Posted by: Margaret S. at Mar 22, 2005 1:03:53 PM
I think you just coined a new word in this post. humongofying get's zero ghits. Congratulations
Schweet! But, on second glance, I think I should have spelled it "humongify", and there's a few Google hits for that (and the progressive form "humongifying") already.
Posted by: The Tensor at Mar 22, 2005 2:25:42 PM
For a hilariously (?) unprintable and impolite addition, see the lyrics to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song "Get on Top" - found on google most easily by searching as follows:
lyrics rhcp salmonella
Posted by: e-nonymous at Apr 13, 2005 2:33:13 PM