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Or Gargantoid

Posted by Smokey Stover on December 23, 2006

In Reply to: Or Gargantoid posted by pamela on December 18, 2006

: : : : I'm sorry if this isn't the right place to ask but I hope you can help me. Today I heard in a kid's program a word that sounds like this: gargantoit -meaning something that is really big, huge actually. I've never heard it before and I'm sure I wrote it wrong, but I've been looking for it in many dictionaries and I can't find a word that ressembles remotely like that.

: : : try "gargantuan"

: : You might also like to try Gargantua. The word "gargantuan," meaning huge, comes from a sixteenth-century adventure of discovery by François Rabelais entitled Gargantua et Pantagruel. The four-volume work is a satire of the follies and credulity of Rabelais' fellow Frenchmen, as well as of the exaggerations of various books detailing adventures that could never have happened. Gargantua is a giant king, with a giant appetite for food and drink, and has a son, Pantagruel. Hence, gargantuan, huge. The work was a huge success, although not so often read these days. The French is somewhat antique, and the story line is no page-turner.

: : When Ringling Brothers circus adopted a baby lowland gorilla named Buddy, they soon renamed him Gargantua, as he grew to be very large. A scar on his face made him appear menacing, and he became quite famous.
: : SS

: There is also a fantasy game with a character called "Gargantoid". You can have a look at him if you enter the name on google. Which reminded me of "Gigantor" a cartoon robot from my own youth, Pamela

The Gargantoid is described as a "mutant spider called Gargantoid from Demonworld game"

The best of several illustrations of the spider bears this legend:
"Name: Gargantoid
Product code: 4721
There is a whole range of giant insects in Goblugin; there are exceptionally strong, incredibly powerful, and extremely poisonous insects. There is however only one Gargantoid, only one behemoth spider. Virtually as big as an entire Goblin village, it cannot be compared with anything in this world."