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lollapalooza

[ lol-uh-puh-loo-zuh ]
/ 藢l蓲l 蓹 p蓹藞lu z蓹 /
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noun Slang.
an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.
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Origin of lollapalooza

An Americanism dating back to 1900鈥05; origin uncertain

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Where does lollapalooza come from?

Lollapalooza is an Americanism dating to the early 1900s (and name of a rock music festival starting in the 1990s). Its spelling has changed over time, so you might encounter such forms as lallapaloosa, lolapaloosa, and lallapalooza, in older written works.

Where does it come from? That鈥檚 unknown, but it is probably just a whimsical formation鈥攑erfect for referring to something extraordinary.

Many more amusing Americanisms await in our slideshow “These Wacky Words Originated In The USA.”

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As noted above, Lollapalooza is also the name of an annual rock festival held in Chicago, Illinois. The name of the festival was apparently chosen after its founder, Perry Farrell, heard the word used in a film starring the comedy trio the Three Stooges. Farrell owns the trademark on the word Lollapalooza.

There isn鈥檛 an exact synonym for lollapalooza鈥攁nd perhaps there shouldn鈥檛 be! But, if you need something shorter or easier to spell, try marvel, wonderment, spectacle, or paragon.

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British Dictionary definitions for lollapalooza

lollapalooza

lalapalooza

/ (藢l蓲l蓹p蓹藞lu藧z蓹) /

noun
US slang something excellent

Word Origin for lollapalooza

origin unknown
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