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March 26, 2010

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That is extremely curious about Curious George. Fifi sounds feminine; was he Georgette?

On a somewhat related note, I recently learned that the parents of a guy I've known forever but not well wrote numerous Golden Books, including the Saggy Baggy Elephant. The Golden Books authors and illustrators were a really interesting crowd. There's actually a book about them: http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Legacy-Childrens-Publishing-American/dp/0375829962

Fifi,dated French slang for gay man, would not have flown either.

> I was surprised to see that two of my favorite Simpsonisms, embiggen and cromulent, didn't make the top ten.

I'm surprised as well. "Embiggen", in particular, has been seized upon by Language Log for its illustrations and diagrams: "Click to embiggen". There can be no higher praise of a word!

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