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#156016 02/23/06 06:19 PM
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Also, what is thumby? If I had to guess, I'd think it meant clumsy. ****Marred by thumbprints

Sheesh, I was nowhere near on the guess. Though the "marred by thumbprints" definition makes sense, this doesn't seem like this would be an oft-used words.

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Bel: What makes me say it's making a comeback is that I get 37k hits (English only) on Google,while it doesn't appear in OneLook at all

Because the latter source is very conservative and slow to pick up a word, if you don't find it here, or in only one or two links, then you can surmise it's a neologism


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I only get 19,200 English only hits for thumby. I checked the first 10 pages and none of them were actual examples of this meaning.

From how rarely I smudge something with only my thumb, I'm guessing it would come from smudging the cell phone screen while texting since that's the only thing I can think of where people use just their thumbs close to something smudgeable.

Usually my computer screen is "indexy" (I'm taking out a trademark on that right now) because children can't seem to learn to point at the screen without touching it.

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Bel: What makes me say it's making a comeback is that I get 37k hits (English only) on Google,while it doesn't appear in OneLook at all

Because the latter source is very conservative and slow to pick up a word, if you don't find it here, or in only one or two links, then you can surmise it's a neologism




I wouldn't jump to this conclusion at all; I can give you many examples where a word marked obs. rare by OED2 (and not found on OneLook at all) gets many ghits now; i.e., it is making a comeback due almost entirely to web usage.

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Tsu: Indeed you're right, but those are just a couple of rules of thumb. I have other guidelines. I'd list them, but I get too wordy, while I doubt if anybody else cares that much

Thumby - FillMeWith.Info DictionaryThumby. From FillMeWith.Info Dictionary ... Adjective. dirtied by thumb marks. Retrieved From "http://www.FillMeWith.Info/diki/Thumby". Views ...
www.fillmewith.info/diki/Thumby


Furthermore, why should a word not qualify as a neologism if it's common only amongst bloggers

Do ghits come from gmail

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Do ghits come from gmail




There are a lot of gits in gaol.

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> Do ghits come from gmail

ghits = google hits


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