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The word thief

February 16, 2013

A mostly true (although somewhat conflated) series of events involving a list of questionable vocabulary.

Friday, 6 p.m. We are all still at the office, two of my coworkers and I, trying to figure out a technical problem with a website we work on. In describing a layout problem, I refer to a table that’s spooling off the side of the page as “ginormo.”

Him: Ginormo. Is that a real word?

Her: I think it is.

Me: It is now.

Him: Okay then.

Friday night. 11:00 p.m. I have a brainstorm about another issue we’ve been working on and send one of the aforementioned coworkers an email.

Saturday morning 9:30. Coworker responds with the information I need and asks some questions. His response includes a solution and the phrase “it is automagically repaired.”

Me: Automagically?

Him: Automagically.

Me: That’s way better than “ginormo.”

Him: It’s true. But I can’t take credit for it. I stole it.

Me: Thievery aside, thank you, but you weren’t supposed to see that until Monday. Why are you answering this on Saturday morning?

Him: Aren’t you supposed to be on vacation?

Me: I interpret that word loosely.

Him: It does not mean what you think it means.

Me: Aren’t you supposed to be Saturdayizing?

Him: Is that a word?

Me: Probably not. Does it matter?

Him: Probably not. Have a good vacation.

Me: Thanks. Have a good Saturday.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2013 8:48 am

    With co-workers like that, would wouldn’t be work-egizing with them even at odd hours?

  2. drgeek permalink
    February 19, 2013 2:43 pm

    We must speak a different dialect out here because we say “ginormous”.

    Ginormo would make a good name for a 1950’s-style sci-fi monster movie though.

    “Second big week at the Airport Drive-In — Ginormo, The Atomic Terror!”

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