"Ginormous"

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  1. Julliant

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    I tried searching TFW but couldn't get anything, so I went to google but didn't find what I wanted.

    Do any of you feel that Jazz's line in the 1986 movie, specifically, 'Ginormous', was the strongest or one of the factors in its acceptance into the dictionary (well at least some) and into the common lingo nowadays?

    All the sites suggesting its origins have no reference to Transformers so I was kinda disappointed. I have thise vague memory of reading somewhere Jazz's line was indeed at least a factor in its acceptance to the language.

    Meh, thoughts?

    http://firstmention.com/ginormous.aspx
     
  2. Nevermore

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    There was a discussion about this just recently. Jazz wasn't the one who coined it. The term existed before.
     
  3. Julliant

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    Oh, oh well too bad. I tried searching 'Ginormous' with the Search feature but couldn't find anything.
     
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    First time I've ever heard that.

    The 1986 Transformers movie isn't responsible for anything except killing the franchise. No trends, fashion statements, slang, etc., came from that horrible reviewed, horrible flop of a movie. (And yes, I enjoyed it!)
     
  5. mocrzy

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    It did save Hawk from "GI JOE: The movie" If I remember correctly...that's one thing it was responsible for....

    It also made an impact on the movie Parental guidelines (the Whole "Oh SH!T" from spike incident)
     
  6. Drake

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    No it saved Duke. Hawk later ended up with a crappier version of himself though toywise.
     
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    I'm not a huge GI Joe fan, so thanks for the correction, Drake!
     
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    The sight you've pointed us toward gives a much earlier "first mention". one would think that a word would circulate amongst speach patterns in people before becoming commited to print as a quote. As the "first mention" is in 1951, I would think that there's a myriad of other mentions after the "first" one.

    However, Transformers:the 1986 Movie could very well be considered the "source" of some people saying ginormous, in as much as Street Fighter II is the "source" of people randomly saying "hadoo-ken!" and miming a fireball launch.
     
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    I had the same question last year, so I looked it up in dictionary.com.

    I agree that TF:TM probably did bring it back into modern lingo, but it wasn't a new word. Scatman probably had heard and used it before, tho, as he'd have been somewhere in his teens or older when it was in common usage.

    --Moony
     
  10. Bryan

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    I always thought "ginormous" was coined by the doctor who delivered llamatron.

    You know, to describe his balls.
     
  11. Basketball Jones

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    Some sources state that the term was still coined by Scatman Crothers, who implemented it into his voice work as Jazz many years later.

    As a scat singer in the 1930s, he was problably well-acquainted with creating neologisms for use in his songs.
     
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    I've never understood why TF fans continue to attribute the parental rating to a single mention of the s-word.

    It was violence on a massive, epic scale that earned the movie its PG rating.
     

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