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Sunday, March 30, 2003

Brobdingnagian

\brob-ding-NAG-ee-uhn\ , adjective;
1.
Of extraordinary size; gigantic; enormous.
Quotes:
The venture capital business has a size problem. A monstrous, staggering, stupefying one. Brobdingnagian even.
-- Russ Mitchell, "Too Much Ventured Nothing Gained", Fortune, November 11, 2002
Any savvy dealer . . . will try to talk you up to one of the latest behemoths, which have bloated to such Brobdingnagian dimensions as to have entered the realm of the absurd.
-- Jack Hitt, "The Hidden Life of SUVs", Mother Jones, July/August 1999
Some men set out to climb Mount Everest. Ammon Shea set out to read the Oxford English Dictionary full time, from cover to cover. Or rather covers to covers, his recent job as a furniture mover providing handy preparation for hoisting its 20 hefty volumes. And why did Shea fix his sights on this Brobdingnagian challenge - because it was there? "I have read the OED," he says, "so that you don't have to."
-- Amanda Heller, "Short Takes", Boston Globe, August 24, 2008
Origin:
Brobdingnagian is from Brobdingnag, a country of giants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels.
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