After many years of hoofing in the Las Vegas lights, a battle hardened Shalanda returned to the Bunny Ranch and became a supernumerary presence at the brothel. The roster was full, but she was one of Denny’s girls, and Denny always made space for his girls.


  1. Exceeding a necessary, usual, or required number or quality; superfluous; as, supernumerary addresses; supernumerary expense.
  2. Exceeding the number stated or prescribed; as, a supernumerary officer in a regiment.


  1. A person or thing beyond the number stated.
  2. A person or thing beyond what is necessary or usual; especially, a person employed not for regular service, but only to fill the place of another in case of need; specifically, in theaters, a person who is not a regular actor, but is employed to appear in a stage spectacle.


  • /ˌsupɚˈn(j)uməˌɹɛɹi/
  • /ˌsuːpəˈnjuːm(ə)ɹ(ə)ɹi/


From Late Latin supernumerarius (“extra soldier added to a legion”), from super (“above; beyond”) + numerum (singular of numerus).

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“Supernumerary.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, Accessed 25 May 2024.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “supernumerary”, accessed May 25, 2024,

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Supernumerary. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved May 25, 2024, from

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