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mondo

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mondo (MON-do) adjective

Huge; enormous; ultimate.

adverb

Extremely, very.

[After 1966 movie Mondo Bizarro (literally "Bizarre World" but interpreted as "very bizarre"), where mondo is from the 1961 Italian movie Mondo Cane (A Dog's World) and reinterpreted as an intensifier.]

"As Asia's productivity shakes the world, and as `just in time' inventory management keeps rolling along, air cargo has become one mondo important gig."
Ed Stephens Jr.; Cargo Tells a Story; Saipan Tribune (North Mariana Islands); Jun 3, 2005.

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