- Both words were formed by the same process of circumfixation; that’s the only link I’m aware of. † ﴾(u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 12:15, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
Connection to Dr Suess' 'biggered'
I seem to recall that Dr Suess used 'biggered' in The Lorax. For example: "I biggered my factory". Aren't these different tenses of the same word? —This unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (talk • contribs) at 07:50, 13 August 2007 (UTC).
- Biggered and embiggened would be synonyms and in the same tense, whereas biggered and biggering* would be different tenses (simple past / past participle, and present participle, respectively) of the same word. † ﴾(u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 12:22, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
Search for citation:Notes and Queries: A Medium of Intercommunication for Literary Men
Okay, this is not a question of legitimacy, but rather citation. I searched the referenced 1884 text (gutenberg) for the word, and did not find it. So, my question is, is the citation of it's presence in the text "Notes and Queries: A Medium of Intercommunication for Literary Men" valid? Can someone reprove this, or should that cite be stricken, letting the validity of the word rely on it's use in 'The Simpsons's,' (which might in and of itself be valid.) —This unsigned comment was added by Whozatmac (talk • contribs) at 07:07, 22 August 2008 (UTC).
- See the fourth hit yielded by Google Book Search; the citation is legitimate. BTW, please sign your posts on talk pages and in other discussion fora with four tildes (4 × ‘~’). † ﴾(u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 12:14, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
- The Google Books search no longer turns up the text in question, but here is a link to page 135 of the scanned original 1884 text at the Internet Archive. Note that a search for "embiggen" in the plaintext version will report no matches, due to an understandable failure in optical character recognition, but the word clearly appears near the end of C.A. Ward's letter, a little over halfway down in the second column: "... but the people magnified them, to make great or embiggen, if we may invent an English parallel as ugly." --Shad0 04:50, 30 November 2011 (UTC)
'prebilabial intensifying verbal circumfix'
Has shown up for comedic effect in at least one webcomic, but is still obnoxious. It's needless to mention circumfixation, as the possession of pre- & suffixes already covers that; all (normal) circumfixes are verbal; and prebilabial is a reference to pronunciation, not etymology. It suits the tone of the word, but is still meaningless, inappropriate jargon. -LlywelynII 08:06, 30 May 2010 (UTC)