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From terrific? Used in the 1950s to form trademarks and words used in advertising.



  1. Used to form intensified adjectives from nouns and adjectives.
    • 1966, Patrick Dennis, Tony:
      ... he remained in the "swank" II Redentore Suite of the "exclusive" L'Elegance whenever he and "curvaceous starlet" Geni What- everhernamewas "(40-20-35)" were not being a "two-riffic twosome" at some "plush nitery."
    • 2003, Robyn Freedman Spizman, The Giftionary: An A-Z Reference Guide ..., page 90:
      Put them in a gift bag with the note, "You're a tea-riffic boss," or, "As bosses go, you suit us to a tea!"
    • 2004, Marc Acito, How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater, Random House, →ISBN, page 104:
      Like Pip, I too have great expectations, or as Sinatra would say, high hopes, although it's hard to keep them in mind when your job requires you to say things like "Would you care for one of our chick-a-riffic side dishes?"
    • 2005, Jacqueline Hansen, “Training Techno-riffic Teachers”, in M. O. Thirunarayanan and Aixa Pérez-Prado (editors), Integrating Technology In Higher Education, University Press of America, →ISBN, page 275:
      How can university professors turn computer curmudgeons into techno-riffic teachers?
    • 2008, Deborah L. Martin, Best-Ever Backyard Birding Tips, Rodale, →ISBN, page 177:
      Now birdbaths can be as fun and lively as you like, suited to any style and budget, and super-simple or gizmo-riffic.
    • 2011, Cherie Priest, Hellbent, Random House, →ISBN, page 106:
      It really was pimp-a-riffic. Straight out of a vintage porno, I swear to God.
    • 2012, Dana Points et al. (editors), Parents® Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Meals, John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 182:
      Moo-riffic Milk Sure, kids love milk, but at snacktime, try jazzing up the plain stuff with fruit, cocoa, and other fun flavors.
    • 2012 April 29, Nathan Rabin, review of the Simpsons episode “Treehouse of Horror III”, in The A.V. Club:
      Thankfully, King Homer, like non-King Homer, has an angel named Marge to save him from himself and his rages. In an agreeably perverse resolution, “King Homer” ends with King Homer marrying Marge in a ceremony that brings together the species in a bestiality-riffic ending.


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