Merriam-Webster Online has been The Online Dictionary that I've gone to for spellchecking and thesaurus for as long as I can remember. I subscribe to the Word of the Day feature. Today's word is:
lalapalooza \lah-luh-puh-LOO-zuh\ noun
: something superior or unusual
: an outstanding example
The multimillionaire lives in a lalapalooza of a mansion that makes the stately homes of his neighbors look like mere shacks in comparison.
Did you know?
Many readers may recognize "lalapalooza" as the name of a music festival held annually in the 1990s. Actually, the word "lalapalooza" has been around since at least the 1890s, though etymologists aren't sure where it comes from. Occasionally, it has been used as a gambling term for a made-up hand used to trick an inexperienced player -- but primarily the term is used in a way very similar to "humdinger" and "doozy." It is spelled in a number of ways. "Lallapalooza," "lollapalooza," and "lollapaloosa" are among the variants, and in the past it was sometimes "lalapaloozer." Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg may have contributed to the popularity of this slang term with "Lala Palooza," one of his cartoon characters from the 1930s.
Wow, I did not know that...
I'm also subscribed to Dictionary.Com's WOTD list. Some days, I get really boring words like "magnanimous", "buildungsroman" or "arcanum" and it's like who doesn't know what that is?!?!. But some days, really interesting words come along.
It's also my "auto-ping" to make sure that my e-mail is working =) Dictionary.Com e-mails me at midnight and Merriam-Webster e-mails me mid-day =)