Word of the DaySunday, March 16, 2014
\FEE-nom, fi-NOM\ , noun;
Slang. a phenomenon, especially a young prodigy: a twelve-year-old tennis phenom.
"...You're a phenomha. What is the word? Maybe I can't say it, Arnie. But it's what you are. Phenon. A phenom?"
-- Peter Hedges, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, 1991
The roommate was a late admit and supposedly some kind of baseball phenom.
-- Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding, 2011
Phenom is simply a shortening of the word phenomenon. This colloquial term has been used in English since the late 1800s.
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