Student or Learner
I googled it and something came up from merriam-webster online dictionary.
I don't know if this website is a credible source or not but I just wanna know from native speakers out there. Is it really?
Amusingly, when you select 'Pages from the UK', the number of entries drops from over 500,000 to under 10,000, the first of which is headed 'Did you know that "winningest" is a word?'
(This usage struck me as rather charming, and I harumphed when I came across the sporting usage.)
*Oh, enough with the word associations already! Areia is the Portuguese for 'sand', and Roman arenas were covered with sand to soak up the blood and sweat.
Last edited by BobK; 25-Jun-2010 at 11:00.
Not a teacher.
It's sports English. At least in America. The team that wins the most can be called the winningest.
It is ugly, but it works.
I agree. It's a shocker!
In all of my years as a native English speaker, I have never used that word once.
I've seen it used mainly in sports or entertainment articles:
"Cheryl Holdridge certainly had the winningest smile of all the Mouseketeers."
"Ch. Chin-Up White Tie for Dinner took Best of Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Show, making him the winnningest Great Dane in the history of the breed."
"Winningest" does sound awkward when spoken, but then again I always stumbled over "Isthmus of Panama", too.