On Illinguistic E-mails

There are times I’m glad I no longer work for EB Games/GameStop. Opening up my e-mail inbox today was one of those times.

Here’s the subject line:

Hugenormous Savings at GameStop!

“Hugenormous”? Whiskey tango foxtrot?

It doesn’t roll off the tongue, not the way “ginormous” does.

How do you pronounce that? “Hug… enormous”? “Hew… gee.. normous”?

I’m leaning toward “Huggy-normous.” Which sounds baffling and stupid.

Another linguistic and literary gem from this wonderful spammish e-mail: “Didn’t King of Fighters XII Marry Henry VIII’s Sister?” Umm, that would be… no.

And here I was, thinking about going into a GameStop and pre-ordering some games. Like Beatles Rock Band. or Watchmen: The End Is Nigh.

But why support GameStop’s mangling of the English language with my consumer dollars?

Huggy-normous.

Jeez.

And I don’t know if “illinguistic” is a word or not. If it’s not, it should be. :cheers:

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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