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  •   So now we have wonderful acronyms like VLCC and ULCC to distinguish the truly brobdignagian leviathans of the petroleum shipping industry from the merely oversized monster ships we used to call "super" tankers.

    Hello, My Name Is James, And I Am An Asshole

  • The appearance that most artistic copyrights are really owned by evil brobdignagian corporations that have already screwed real artists out of the right to their work.

    money both dirty and/or sexy

  • The typical American can't hope to get acquainted with even a negligible fraction of his country's fiendishly complex and hopelessly brobdignagian criminal code.

    Legalizing Crime

  • So our Cotton Snob resorts to all manner of lies and brobdignagian stories to melt the heart of his stern "parient," so that the latter shall still afford him the means to purchase his flash apparel -- to sport his heavy rings, watch-chains and seals, and other showy jewelry -- to give his wine-suppers -- to play his little games of Euchre and

    Social relations in our Southern States,

  • Cavaliers of Virginia have never ceased to "poke fun" at the sharp-nosed inhabitants of New-England, while the latter have returned the compliment in kind, with all sorts of brobdignagian stories in regard to the outrages on human rights daily perpetrated in the Southern

    Social relations in our Southern States,

  • Japan's public debt has grown positively brobdignagian since the early 1990s, but it's all financed by domestic savings and has therefore traded off with dwindling private sector demand; hence it's done precious little to stimulate growth.

    The American Scene

  • The present brobdignagian agricultural sectors in countries as diverse as Poland and Macedonia attest to this continuity of feudal practices.

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  • _cooey_ we followed and found him hauling himself up by the large leaf-stalks, to where, thirty feet above the bottom, hung, like a brobdignagian bunch of elongated grapes, a monstrous cluster of yellow plantains.

    Bunyip Land A Story of Adventure in New Guinea

  • The central Asian banks have been buying U.S. debt instruments in brobdignagian proportions because they’re using it as an unofficial index currency on which to peg their own currencies.

    Asian Banks Abandoning The Dollar? | Blog | Futurismic

  • a twisted old tree, which then begins to grow a single peach -- a peach which quickly grows into brobdignagian proportions.

    The Trades

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  • This is a synonym for "gigantic". It originated with "Gulliver's Travels". After journeying to the land of the Lilliputians (a more common word, synonymous with 'tiny'), Gulliver travels to a second land where giants live: the Brobdignagians. And there's a third common English word from this work of literature. After leaving Brobdignag, Gulliver visits a third land of brutish, uncultured humans: the Yahoos.

    July 27, 2009