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zanzay - Ugly.

e.g., Anna has a very zanzay attitude.

submitted by Anna

zanzibarian - Bearing a resemblance to the town of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Small and charming, with lots of little cobbled streets between old buildings with huge and ornate doors.

e.g., I loved Damascus; it was so zanzibarian. I spent hours just walking around.

submitted by Lisa Cirèlle Hansson - (www)

zapatery - (rhymes with SLAP-uh-dairy; n.) Any living space the floor of which is littered with people's shoes, left lying where they were removed -- e.g., beneath the table, by the back door, hanging on the front door knob, etc. [From the Spanish "zapatería," changed into English pronunciation so as to resemble "cemetery."]

e.g., You don't need roller-skates at the top of staircases to break bones; a good zapatery all over the floor will twist ankles, stumble you into a corner, or crack your skull against a table top.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

zapf - To render text meaningless or illegible. Reference to the Zapf Dingbats font found in some word processing software.

e.g., Tom's carefully prepared documents were summarily zapfed by the editorial brilliance of his manager.

submitted by wnpxnff

zapoid - A person, usually a male and often a couch potato, who frequently changes the TV channels by zapping them with the remote control.

e.g., It almost drove Julie crazy when she was listening to a program on the television and her husband, an avid zapoid, would suddenly change the channel in the middle of an interesting story.

submitted by Susanne

zappa-esque - Something that is beyond weird, yet also very witty and satirically biting at the same time. Named after the musician Frank Zappa.

e.g., Have you seen that filmclip by The Ones? It's extremely Zappa-esque.

submitted by Cat Stanley

zappable - To remove a marker from a projector.

e.g., Is this projector zappable?

submitted by Tyler

zaprap - Noise without poise, designed to destroy minds and morals and humanity

e.g., Zaprap is produced and promoted by evil, subversive idiots.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

zarathustra - A complete pile of nonsense, but enunciated so compellingly people will believe it regardless, usually for fear of seeming ignorant.

e.g., Thinking on his feet and following the Microsoft model, John convinced the guys from marketing the bugs in the server code were really "undocumented features." Talk about Zarathustra.

submitted by Zippy Broodstock

zarathustration - To feel irritatied or peeved from hearing yet another advertisement use the opening bars of "Thus Spake Zarathustra."

e.g., 2001: A Space Odyssey is more than 30 years old, but ad executives still Zarathusrate us for lack of imagination.

submitted by Paul Hoffman

zarf - The cardboard sleeve around a cup of coffee.

e.g., I had to use a zarf because that coffee burned my hand.

submitted by Joel Parker - (www)

zark - An all-purpose expletive. First used by Douglas Adams in the Hitchhiker trilogy.

e.g., Zark off, you zarking fool.

submitted by Kevin

zatch - Sleep. From "catching some Zs." Catch + Z = Zatch, meaning "to sleep." For people who have been living inside a catsup dispenser for the last ten decades, "Z"s appear over sleeping cartoon characters' heads.

e.g., 3 AM already. Forget the term paper. I gotta go zatch for a while.

submitted by Cary

zatcho - A word used in asking if an object belongs to the person you are talking to. A depreciation of "is that your."

e.g., Zatcho wallet, Clyde?

submitted by Kal

zatronic - A suffix for a person's name, to imply close friendship.

e.g., Scott-zatronic, how's it going?

submitted by Adam Pearson

zaurdo (plural: zaurdi) - Zaurdo: (plural: zaurd)
Referring to male/s: zaurdo, zaurdi
Referring to female/s: zaurda, zaurde (plural)

Whoever can be defined as: sophomoric (overconfident, conceited,et cetera, but --immature); juvenile (infantile, childish, immature); ignoramus (highly ignorant); gallionic (uncaring, indifferent); delinquent, opine (that deliberately says and often divulges her opinion without fear or hesitation); and anti-cogitus (who refuse to think and use the intellect). This is an archaic (obsolete) word still in use in some little Italian cities, here's how it works:

Since this word follows the ancient Latin-Italic rules, you can understand from the ending (-o, -i, -a, -e) whether the author is referring to a male or female. Or to a group of people. In case the group of people has members of different genders (so they are not all males or females, for example) -- the rule says that you must use the -i ending.

  • {ED. Similar to the old rule in English for using masculine pronouns when the antecedent was of unknown gender.}

    e.g., J: See that pretty girl over there --
    M: The one with the yellow ribbon in her hair?
    J: Yeah.
    M: What about her?
    J: I've known her since we were four years old and played in the sandbox together.
    M: So?
    J: So I walked up to her at our prom and told her I've been in love with her since we were four years old.
    M: What did she say?
    J: She said, "I know" -- and walked away.
    M: Too bad. That makes her a real zaurda, doesn't it?
    J: Yes. It does. But that's OK -- because I'm zaurdo. Now you know why she calls me Sandbox Jim.

    submitted by Snowberry - (www)

    zausted - To be too tired to do anything.

    e.g., I was going to do my homework, but I was too zausted.

    submitted by maty

    zaxiphrate - 1. To viciously dump. 2. To be zaxiphrated is to be all busted up.

    e.g., My girl just zaxiphrated me.

    submitted by Varanus Zero

    zazz - Jazz, for images. "Jazz it up." = "Zazz it up."

    e.g., I like the picture . . . only, could you add a little more zazz to it?

    submitted by Aaron J Ban - (www)

    zazzera - Hair on the back of a person's neck.

    e.g., Can you please come here and trim my zazzera?

    submitted by Eric

    zcronymony - The ill-feeling that results from the over-use of aconmyms (OUOA).

    e.g., I feel acronymony toward Dan because he always speaks in acronyms (ASIA).

    submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

    zealism - The principles, practice, and tenets of the Zealist school of thought.

    e.g., Some Zealists practice Zealism.

    submitted by Tom Day - (www)

    zebra - 1. A copycat, a person who copies your style or personality. | 2. French ladieZ' undergarment in Z-scale (1:220). Zebra is one of many wordZ in Ze Z-scale Zictionary Part 1 ("A" - "M"), Continuation Page 1a, Part 2 ("N" - "Y"), and Part 3 ("Z").

    e.g., Christina is a zebra ne plus ultra. I had that on yesterday. The nerve. She even asked where I bought it. | 2. I dunno what Chris weighs, but he's enormous. Flabby, too. I'd say he takes a zebra these days.

    submitted by Laura C! | S. Berliner, III - (www)

    zebra logic - Those guilty of zebra logic are always looking for the exception to the rule. If you hear hooves, think horses not zebras.

    e.g., Using her uncanny zebra logic, Jen suggested that the holes in her clothes were caused by my Martian death rays.

    submitted by nitag - (www)

    zebrapest - A bug with stripes all over it that is so scary it looks like it is as big as a horse. (Are zebras as large as other members of the horse family?)

    e.g., When my mom saw the zebrapest, she dropped the dishes and ran screaming into the living room.

    submitted by Barr Seward - (www)

    zebronkey - A new animal that could be made with the help of science. There are two species of this animal. The most common one is the part zebra, part monkey species. The lesser known one is the part zebra, part donkey species.

    e.g., My favorite animal is the zebronkey.

    submitted by Alyssa

    zebu - Lies, bs, deception. Derives from practice in some British pubs and restaurants of selling supposed quality British steak that's actually cheap, imported Zebu meat.

    e.g., I didn't believe a word he said. He's full of zebu.

    submitted by Joseph

    zed - Detestably unessential. Taken from King Lear, III, by Shakespeare, in reference to the letter Z: "Thou whoreson Zed! thou unnecessary letter!"

    e.g., Director: I really enjoy the dialogue in this scene. Producer: But it doesn't progress the story at all. It's completely zed. Save it for the DVD.

    submitted by Jonathan Charles Wright

    zedonk - (n.) (ZEE-donk) A hybrid of a stallion zebra and a jenny donkey. (Etymology: portmanteau of zebra + donkey.)

    e.g., As the twins entered the zoo, they looked out for unusual hybrid animals. Spenser saw the zedonk and commented on its unusual half-striped body. Anabel, however, was uninterested as she was looking the other way.

    submitted by Mirakle B. - (www)

    zedonk - Offspring of a zebra and a donkey.

    e.g., Mommy, can I have a zedonk for my birfday?

    submitted by HD Fowler

    zee - (n.) 1. The final reason after you've answered an inordinate set of "why's" 2. the reason given when no reason is given.

    e.g., 1. "Go faster, Daddy!" "Can't, sweety: the speed limit's 20 here." "Why?" "'Cuz the sign says so." "Why?" "'Cuz it's a school zone." "Why?" "'Cuz there's kids walking home from school." "Why?" "Because the city council wants us to drive slow enough to be able to stop for kids crossing the street." "Why?" "Because we don't want to hit anyone with a car and kill them." "Why?" "Because." "Why?" "...Zee, okay?" | "Why does the Lieutenant want us to paint these rocks white, Sarge?" "Zee, Private, Zee."

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    zeeing - To zee is to sleep. "Zeeing" is the gerund form.

    e.g., 1. You're looking for George? Oh, he's off zeeing at his desk. Fell asleep while working on his term paper, y'know. 2. To zee or not to zee, that is the question -- I have a final tomorrow and I need to cram.

    submitted by Kesti

    zeglit - A long thin braid or tail worn at the back of a man or boy's neck, when the rest of his hair is cut short.

    e.g., Check out Chris's long zeglit. It is so 80s.

    submitted by Kimmy Bingham

    zeke - A zeke (alternative spelling: zeek) is a "geek" to the degree of "z." She is someone who is completely out of touch with rules of social behavior, with cultural norms and trends, and with all developments related to fashion and grooming. A "zeke" is a very uncool person, a "zero." A nada, a nothing. From slang for the WWII era Japanese fighter plane, the "Zero."

    e.g., The professor is a real zeke. He's worn the same bowtie since 1955 . . . which was about the last time he saw a movie or had a shower.

    submitted by David DeSmith

    zeltonik - One who, no matter how sad she is, can get an abrupt sense of total happiness, peace, calmness, and tranquility. Used only in the singular. Zeltonic is what you can take to make you zeltonik.

    e.g., I had the worst day ever; nothing went the way I wanted it to -- but, as a zeltonik, I know I'll feel much better soon. Maybe tomorrow.

    submitted by Deliou Seluna Coloti - (www)

    zemanakal - Awesome. Also see gnarlical, sick, rad, and gnarly.

    e.g., Tommy Z was zemanakal. His kickflip back tail on that hubba was zemanakal.

    submitted by Herb

    zemblanity - orarian at Wordnik: "The opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky, and unexpected discoveries by design; the inexorable discovery of what we don't what to know. Word derived from Zembla, a barren, frigid Artic island -- Nova Zembla -- the site of a nuclear facility now used for testing non-nuclear explosives.
    -Peter Bowler May 5, 2008 |  
    Armadillo, by William Boyd, 1998: "So what is the opposite of Serendip, a southern land of spice and warmth, lush greenery and hummingbirds, seawashed, sunbasted? Think of another world in the far north, barren, icebound, cold, a world of flint and stone. Call it Zembla. Ergo: zemblanity, the opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky and expected discoveries by design. Serendipity and zemblanity: the twin poles of the axis around which we revolve."  
    Robert K Merton and Elinor Barber in the masterpiece on the subject, The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity (2004): “Serendipity’s initial unique and compendious meaning of a particular kind of complex phenomenon – the ‘discovery of things unsought’ or the experience of ‘looking for one thing and finding another’– becomes ever more eroded as it becomes ever more popular. Ultimately the word becomes so variously employed in various socio-cultural strata as to become virtually vacuous. For many, the very sound of serendipity rather than its metaphorical etymology takes hold so that at the extreme it is taken to mean little more than a Disneylike expression of pleasure, good feeling, or happiness. No longer a niche-word filling a semantic gap, the vogue word became a vague word.”  
    Wikipedia/Serendipity: "One aspect of Walpole's original definition of serendipity, often missed in modern discussions of the word, is the need for an individual to be 'sagacious' enough to link together apparently innocuous facts in order to come to a valuable conclusion."

    e.g., "When Serendipity becomes Zemblanity," by Richard Boyle: "Although zemblanity doesn’t have the style or even perhaps the necessity of serendipity, there are aspects of the association of the two words that provide food for thought. For instance, what if Zembla was not a separate island but an opposite aspect of Serendib, that zemblanity was an incompatible but nevertheless equally essential and indispensable part of serendipity?  
    "In Sri Lanka, such an intertwining has appeared in the past 30 years. Serendipity and zemblanity have both been present, inseparably tied. Yet while guidebooks and such-like have waffled on about serendipity in a meaningless fashion, many downplayed the zemblanity that has hovered, ready to catch even the ultra-wary in its grasp. The question is: what will happen to zemblanity now?" |  
    Examples from Wordnik:

    submitted by HD Fowler

    zen - (v.) to accomplish something by not thinking about it; to let something "happen" without trying to force it.

    e.g., The other day, I rolled a perfect 3000 on the Wii's 100-pin bowling game. I was explaining Marbury v. Madison to my brother on the phone and just sort of zenned the game while I was focused on the phone.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    zenan - Someone way out there beyond the stratosphere; lives in a different world; never gets a joke the first time around.

    e.g., Never mind Chris. He's zenan. Doesn't get anything . . . ever.

    submitted by Joao Filipe - (www)

    zenana - (n.) 1. A party (i.e., a fiesta) to which only women are generally invited (baby showers, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, and the like). 2. A party (i.e., group) of women (NOW, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the suffragettes of the early 20th Century, etc.). 3. Anything belonging to or concerning a woman or group of women (e.g., her boudoir, her DVD collection, her car, her closet, female medical issues, the role (assigned or assumed) of women in any particular culture, etc.)

    e.g., “Alice, why is it that when men panic, women get calmer?” “Yes, it’s a zenana thing ... you wouldn’t understand it.”

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    zenbu - (n.) everything (literally (as in 'the whole of the Cosmos') or figuratively (as in 'how's everything?))

    e.g., "Zenbu?" "Yep. This is everything. We're ready to go." | "You know, if you stare up into the stars long enough, you realize there's just too much zenbu."

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    zeng - Good or excellent. From Wanye's World.

    e.g., How was last night? Zeng.

    submitted by Bill

    zeno's paradox - To draw out something to make it last, as the tale whereby a runner proceeds half a distance infinitely, never reaching his destination.

    e.g., The cheesecake was so good that she forced herself to Zeno's Paradox it.

    submitted by Ventrithor

    zenocrastiphobia - The unbased fear that someone out there is procrastinating better than you.

    e.g., I tried to tell my psychologist about my Zenocrastiphobia, but he just told me he'd talk to me later.

    submitted by John L Myers

    zenophobia - A morbid fear of any kind of ancient oriental relaxation technique.

    e.g., Dave was really stressed so he planned a session of sand-garden raking. When he got to the building, he was so terrified he wouldn't go in. Turns out he had Zenophobia.

    submitted by L. Gillies

    zentropic - The state of someone who has a shallow understanding of Zen, and uses it to excuse the fact that she does absolutely nothing, on the basis that she is in tune with the Tao.

    e.g., Jim smokes marijuana every day, and he sits at home "contemplating the universe." He's so zentropic he hasn't left the house in months. | He fixed me with his best "calm pond" look, the zentropic bastard.

    submitted by Ochre Orientis

    zentropy - A measure of the disorder or randomness of all matter, energy, and thought in the face of intuition or meditation.

    e.g., That last moment of waking thought just before falling asleep is a state of pure zentropy.

    submitted by Christopher Kenton - (www)

    zeppeled - To move like a zeppelin.

    e.g., Barrison has zeppeled to his shop.

    submitted by Matthew Colwell

    zeppster - An avid or devout fan of the band Led Zeppelin.

    e.g., Wally's a real zeppster.

    submitted by Adam Pearson

    zerbit - To blow a raspberry with your lips pressed against someone else's skin -- typically her stomach. The intention is to cause ticklish squirming. (Not my word, I believe this one has entered the vernacular but I noticed that it wasn't in your dictionary yet.) (ED. This may be a variation of The Cosby Show's "zerbert" -- pronounced "zrrbrrt.")

    e.g., "Her zerbit was so forceful, I laughed so hard that I couldn't breathe." "He seemed unusually depressed but a good zerbit cheered him up instantly."

    submitted by Amanda Penrose - (www)

    zerg rush - To charge your forces at an opposing side in great numbers without any real battle strategy. From the game Starcraft where the Zergs did this.

    e.g., We need no tactics ... Zerg Rush.

    submitted by Hat-Kun

    zerix - High point, middle, peak.

    e.g., He was at the zerix of his career, writing one successful book after another.

    submitted by Phatman

    zerm - A guy who can wiggle into a rugby pile-up and get the ball.

    e.g., The two teams were deadlocked over possession until our zerm wiggled in.

    submitted by Ty Evans

    zero-two-early - Military slang. Refers to an activity scheduled for way too early in the morning.

    e.g., We're SPing at zero-two-early tomorrow, so I'll have to get back early.

    submitted by KFoo

    zerogamous - Single. Celibate. Preferring one's own company to the terrible compromises of relationships.

    e.g., "So, are you single?" "Better than that, for the last 5 years I've been happily zerogamous."

    submitted by Toby Thain - (www)

    zeroine - A female anti-hero, or a female loser of heroic proportions.

    e.g., When she was kicked out of school for the third time, she became my zeroine.

    submitted by Danielle Thys

    zerophobia - I have what amounts to zerophobia, a fear of .0 software releases. I try to avoid them. I'm willing to wait a while for a .1 release that corrects the bugs in the initial release, the one that introduced new functionality.

    e.g., No, I won't be switching to Windows 10 as soon as it comes out. I have zerophobia. I'll wait until I'm forced to switch. Hold a gun to my head? I'd switch.

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    zerovelopy - Inspecting a cash envelope that was sent to you at a drive-up bank -- or the third time after you already removed the right amount. Kind of like dropping an envelope in a mail box and double checking that it really, really fell all the way down.

    e.g., The jerk in the Yugo held up the bank drive-through lane with zerovelopy.

    submitted by Mark C

    zervilsmirch - The moment just when you're closing the locked door with the keys on the other side | handing the check to the cashier with your goods already bagged and remembering you forgot to get. . . . | landing in Honolulu realizing you left your dog in the house with no food in Shreveport | and so on.

    e.g., It just ticks me off when I get to the job site all Smilin' Steve 'cause it's quicky cash outta town painting and, pulling in the drive 30 minutes from home --zervilsmirch -- I left the customers keys at the house. Ugh.

    submitted by steve zihlavsky

    zetadonic - Something strange, unexplainable -- can also describe a psychical state where fear and confusion are mixed.

    e.g., The noise from the graveyard was zetadonic. The prophet had a zetadonic vision of the future events.

    submitted by Tatomir Ion Marius,poet

    zhavric - "Zhavric" is a slang term, used on the Internet, to refer to a user whp has lost all touch with common sense. Even when faced with simple common sense, a "Zhavric" will ignore the common sense and point out grammar mistakes, syntax errors, semantic arguments, or logical fallacies.

    e.g., Tom: God doesn't exist. Anyone who thinks God exists is clearly an idiot. I mean there's no evidence and without evidence, the answer is clearly an indisputable false. Bob: No evidence means "unknown," not "false." Don't be a zhavric.

    submitted by Aztune

    zhuzhi - Family filler word for any small electronic device -- e.g., calculator or remote.

    e.g., Trying to ask for TV remote: "Please hand me the zhuzhi."

    submitted by Robert Arvanitis

    zibba - A word that is used to describe a hot chick.

    e.g., Hey! Check out that zibba.

    submitted by Philip Baur

    zifflenook - Used to tell someone you caught her checking someone out.

    e.g., "Zifflenook," said Tom.

    submitted by alex clark

    zig - ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US. What you say? For Great Justice. Launch all ZIG.

    e.g., How are you, gentlemen? All your base are belong to us! You have no chance to survive make your time. MOVE ZIG!

    submitted by Spoonboy brown - (www)

    zig-sag - The slowing down of reaction time when senses are impaired or as one grows older.

    e.g., The automobile accident happened because Milo tried to zig-sag around the opening car door.

    submitted by Charlie Lesko

    zigg - A cigarette, corruption of the Berman word "zigarette."

    e.g., Mike, can can I bum a zigg off you?

    submitted by Steve

    zigguraggerate - To wildly exaggerate.

    e.g., Oh, boy, the Mandelbrot really is God; that's no zigguraggeration.

    submitted by Erasmus Thrasamund

    zihlavskitis - Mental and social degeneration thru isolatericostudiousity of subject matter irrelevant to anything.

    e.g., I think I might have a case of Zihlavskitis.

    submitted by steve zihlavsky

    zihlavskium - An as yet undiscovered proposed element composed only of dark matter.

    e.g., Zihlavskium is a key ingredient of axonite (which see), but is more notable for its ability to remain undiscovered.

    submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

    ziing - Zing with an extra letter added to give it extra "zing."

    e.g., Animations may give your site ziing, but they can be a pain in the ass, too.

    submitted by Steven Olsen

    zilch - not a damn thing

    e.g., 1) Whats up? 2) Zilch

    submitted by zilch

    zilla - Suffix that denotes the biggest, baddest version of a thing.

    e.g., My new Hummer is car-zilla.

    submitted by Gene | [K. Fuller]

    zima queen - Cheesy girls who often look as if they stepped out of a Friends episode. Prefer the taste of Zima. Often belong to a sorority.

    e.g., Look, Chaz, here come the Zima Queens.

    submitted by David Willems

    zimpf - 1. That metaphysical property of elastic which, when depleted, causes your underwear to fall down. 2. More generally, a quality of mind containing vast quantities of expansive energy for imagination, curiosity and tolerance for ambiguity, persistence and problem solving.

    e.g., 1. Once Florence found herself repeatedly tugging at the uncomfortable, downward, slithering ripple of pantyhose that once pleasantly reassured her waist and hips with its gravity-defying snugness, she knew the garment had lost its zimpf. 2.While Arnold was diligent and persevered for years in his quest to prove that endless amounts of carbon-free energy could be released and captured by placing a 32 degree Bud-Lite covered with L.A Looks Activity Proof Power Gel in a microwave on full power for 10-15 minutes at the bottom of an abandoned Minuteman silo packed with depleted Duracell AA batteries, he made little progress, lacking the genuine zimpf of the giants on whose shoulders he thought he was standing.

    submitted by Kittlybender

    zinc - The sink.

    e.g., Just throw the dirty dishes in the zinc.

    submitted by taylorpup

    zing - A good verbal shot or insult, or retort to a stupid remark. | Zing is what makes something better than it was before the zing was added. Zing is what spice is to a meatball -- it just makes it that little bit better.

    e.g., Don't worry about Chris. Not a chance that he'll zing you. Of course, he may hit you or have you beat up. You do realize that a lot of his cronies are out there. | Well, actually, I was looking someone with zing.

    submitted by Mike | Mark - (www)

    zing zang zoom - 1. Immediate conversion of potential energy. 2. Instant hope for sexual connection. 3. Follow-through on 2 -- the best romance ever. (I don't know how you separate meanings and entries.)

    e.g., 1. They made the decision to move -- and zing zang zoom, "Goodbye Chicago." 2. She looked over and he felt the zing zang zoom from across the room. 3. Yeah, but my first boyfriend ... that was zing zang zoom.

    submitted by Susan Beyer - (www)

    zip plus four - Berserk to the extreme. Since 1986 or so when a postal worker went berserk in Enid, OK, "postal" has meant "berserk." Zip plus four is an escalation. Hyperbole for "postal." If you use "postal" to mean "berserk" around USPS workers, you may get an intense reaction.

    e.g., Chris went zip plus four on us. Had to put him down with a tranquilizer dart.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    zip-zero - Nothing = reward you can get for hard labor and loyalty.

    e.g., After 25 years of successfully supporting all, his reward was zip-zero and many libels and slanders.

    submitted by Adrian R. Lawler

    zipped - Said of someone who won't give information about a particular subject.

    e.g., She's zipped about the secret.

    submitted by Tram-Anh

    zipperhead - An ignorant, close-minded person.

    e.g., That zipperhead still thinks the earth is flat, women shouldn't vote -- and heck, he still thinks Clinton was a great President. (As with life in general, timing is everything. Clinton was the beneficiary of dramatic increases in productivity that occurred during his Presidency . . . and with which he had nothing to do.)

    submitted by Carlos Coutinho

    zippy - 1. Okay or perfect. 2. Quick or fast.

    e.g., 1. You say, "Hey guys!" They say, "Sup man¿" You be like, "Nothin' much, everything's zippy." 2. You say, "Yeah, my Viper's in the shop. Once it gets out it should be more zippy."

    submitted by Kevin Student

    zirc - (n.) 1. a cubic zirconium. often used as a replacement for a diamond; 2. fake (though not fake-looking) jewelry; 3. a really good copy, facsimile, or forgery; 4. false beauty; 5. the pretense of having feelings for someone(aka string [someone] along, play with [someone's] heart, and so forth). (v.) 6. to offer something false as real; 7. to offer or to give [someone] a discount; 8. to make a [really good] copy.

    e.g., "Wow! Is that a real emerald?" "Yes, that one is. It belonged to Helen Hayes. These others are just zirc." | "What's her problem?" "Well, Jack zircked her along for, what, two years? And then dumped her. She's too good for him by miles." | "$7000?! That's way too much." "Okay, look, I can zirc it down some: how does $5500 sound?"

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    zircon - A girl that's pretty enough to date but you can't get serious about, as in worthy of a cubic zirconia but not a diamond.

    e.g., Cheri's sweet, but that hyena laugh makes her a zircon.

    submitted by Gucky - (www)

    zirkle - Weird, unique, different, in a good way. Opposite: zorkle.

    e.g., That's surely a zirkle outfit you're wearing.

    submitted by chak Pawsin

    zitgeist - A blemish, such as a pimple, that erupts on the skin within a day or so of a much-anticipated party or first date. Believed related to "poltergeist."

    e.g., Dear diary: 6.30 a.m. Tonight's the big one. Vanessa *finally* agreed to go out with me. Naturally, I have a zitgeist the size of Mt. St. Helens. This will be my last entry. Goodbye, old friend.

    submitted by Pip Wilson - (www)

    zithel - To mess around with people, to trick, to confuse.

    e.g., Jenna planned to zithel with Meghan's head when she placed boxers on the side of her bed.

    submitted by Chrystal

    zither - An instrument used by dermatologists in the treatment of acne.

    e.g., Jane's blemishes were pretty bad, and her skin doctor had to use his zither on her.

    submitted by Wells Martin - (www)

    zitizens - Teenage citizens.

    e.g., Is the jury still out on whether or not it was a good idea to extend the right to vote to zitizens? What a concept -- major political officeholders determined by pimple-faced teenagers. God help US.

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    zizz - N. A short sleep attack. V. to take a nap without going to bed.

    e.g., Go take a zizz--you're not making sense. I was up all night so I zizzed at the monitor at work.

    submitted by Jace

    zizzy ballooba - Extremely disorienting alcoholic drink.

    e.g., I have a terrible hangover. Had too many Zizzy Balloobas last night.

    submitted by The Icon

    zlandaloids - The little lines of flesh on your upper lip under your nose.

    e.g., The snot running from his nose was directed into his mouth by his zlandaloids.

    submitted by Ken

    zoa - (rhymes with 'boa'; n.) 1. Animal angels. (v.) 2. To invite someone to "come and see" something. [from the angelic beasts in the Revelation of John, called in Greek 'zoas' (technically 'zoai').]

    e.g., When I saw that seagull---it had to be a zoa---I knew I'd found land.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    zofwiur - Pronounced "zofwiur." My friend Mike and I concocted this word as we played Scrabble at 4 am. We had 7 letters, so we put them down and made "zofwiur." Zofwiur is yet another word for good, cool, sweet, and even dude. Zofwiur means something's really awesome, and it's an expression of surprise, happiness, or when you like something.

    e.g., Zofwiur, where's my car?

    submitted by Matt Cupps

    zoggie - An unemployed person who frequents Cafe Zog in Providence, RI. Typical behaviors include begging for spare change and cigarettes, drinking expensive coffee or Popov vodka, and singing loudly.

    e.g., Shut up, zoggies! I've had enough of your singing for one day.

    submitted by Allan Hazlett

    zoidberging - 1. To have no knowledge of the human anatomy. 2. Having the sudden impulse to eat the last of the anchovies in existence.

    e.g., Hide the anchovies. He's zoidberging again.

    submitted by Barry - (www)

    zoilism - Existing, but uncommon word: hypercriticism: "From Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License: n. nagging or carping criticism." | "From the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English: n. Resemblance to Zoilus in style or manner; carping criticism; detraction. | "From The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: n. Criticism like that of Zoilus; illiberal or carping criticism; unjust censure."

    e.g., You're welcome to be critical of the PseudoDictionary and its lexicon entries -- as long as you're reasonable in your criticism. Zoilism is not appropriate for an effort that amounts to a lark. Capisce? (Bear in mind, too, what the estimable Michael Quinion wrote in his newsletter, "[B]itter and carping criticism by envious hacks has not yet vanished from the world.") | Biologist Joseph Dalton Hooker (?), quoted in Michael Quinion's Newsletter: "If I were to do more than hint at their hydrophobic habits, their pulicidal, pulicivorous, and even phtheirophagous propensities, I should call down, not undeservedly, the Zoilism of our correspondents."

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    zoinks - Universal sound of surprise, as popularized by Shaggy.

    e.g., Zoinks! It's the one-legged zombie again!

    submitted by Sin - (www)

    zolapolaxenacroxandaxtabulumos - Cool.

    e.g., DB wasn't zolapolaxenacroxandaxtabulumos enough to be at the party last night.

    submitted by Darkbolt

    zolaxed - To be in a zone of relaxation where you experience complete harmony and peace within. Often accompanied by periods of either thought-free, extremely calm, trance-like states; or alternatively, deep emotional connection with others within the same zone.

    e.g., They blissed out in their hammocks, completely at peace with the world, enveloped by warmth and their own philosophical thoughts, sharing deep moments of emotional connection, feeling zolaxed by the harmony of the moment. Of course, they were Liberals. They had to be to be in that state of mind.

    submitted by Sam + Simon

    zombie - To be turned into a zombie: "One who looks or behaves like an automaton."

    e.g., "Either he was interested in money or was under threat of death regularly and later probably he was zombied," Apiyev said.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    zombie rule - "* A zombie rule, a term originated by Arnold Zwicky of Language Log fame, is a misguided rule that cannot be killed, no matter how many times it is shot through the heart with bullets of logic." | A rule of prescriptivist English usage that just won't stay dead no matter how many times modern grammarians and linguists try to kill it. | "So there’s a rule in English, except it’s not a rule, but some people think it is, and others who know it’s not a rule obey it in case it bothers the people who think it is, even though it can cloud or change the meaning of their prose" -- it's a zombie rule.


    A zombie rule is a member of the set Not a Real Rule -- a rule that has no basis in the grammar of English. | I spent years and years in school learning to write using zombie rules. I cling to them the way a kidnap victim clings to her kidnappers in a Stockholm Syndrome sort of way. (Or is it Copenhagen Syndrome? I'm typical of denizens of Flyover Country in that all those Scandinavian cities and countries are the same to me.)

    This entry may be expanded by the editors as they run across zombie rules. Sometimes, it may be worthwhile to follow them -- the chief reason being clarity.



    3. No Initial Coordinators (NIC): Never start a sentence with and or but. "Lie #3: You can’t start a sentence with a conjunction. This zombie rule* has been thoroughly debunked by many reputable sources (the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage and Paul Brians, to name but two). If half of your sentences start with and or but, you probably need to take another look at your writing and clean it up. But, an occasional sentence-leading conjunction is perfectly acceptable."







    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    zombie strip - A comic strip, usually found in newspapers of record, that has outlived its original intended audience, and often its creator and its cultural relevance.

    e.g., _Brenda Starr_ disappeared from the list of zombie strips in the _Post-Standard_ to make way for more advertising space.

    submitted by Reynard

    zombie-moment - An instance of one's brain becoming sidetracked through a series of often but not always related leaps in thinking, enough that one finds herself standing silently, eyes out of focus, unaware of her surroundings -- including, especially, other people's speech. A brief state of thoughtlessness comparable to zombiehood. The telltale signs of the cessation of a zombie-moment are the phrases "I'm sorry, what did you just say?" or "I forgot what I was just doing," often accompanied by rapid blinking and head-shaking. CAUTION: Trying to re-trace the logical sequence of thoughts that led from alertness and lucidity to the zombie-moment can often cause another zombie-moment.

    e.g., The movie was good . . . I think . . . at least the plot was tight enough that a zombie-moment will wreck your trying to follow the story. I know that first-hand, because right in the middle of a scene I had a zombie-moment. After that I had no clue why the people on screen were doing whatever it was they were doing. (The special effects were great, though.)

    submitted by töff - (www)

    zombielicious - Something so good it turns you into a wide-eyed slab of enjoyment.

    e.g., Mike's party was zombielicious.

    submitted by jinxmonger2002

    zombocom - A website, game, or movie that is all hype and no content.

    e.g., The movie Tomb Raider was nothing but zombocom.

    submitted by Tim - (www)

    zombose - 66.6 - 100 nights without substantial sleep. Mind and body begin to not care about rest and don't mind working long hours. Food too seems uninteresting and only the self-perpetuating sleeplessness matters.

    e.g., Seven days a week. What does an uninterrupted hour of slumber even seem like. Who cares . . . this delightful zombose ride is exquisite.

    submitted by steve zihlavsky

    zombot - (noun) (1) A corpse reanimated by means of technology rather than magic, sometimes called a "revenant" or "haberman" (after the creatures in Cordwainer Smith's "Scanners" ); (2) someone who relies on technology to an unhealthy extent (sometimes called a "borg," after the Star Trek villains); (3) anyone functioning on caffeine or other stimulants unobtainable except through a mechanical or electronic intermediary (such as an coffee urn or drug company).

    e.g., Technically, Frankenstein's monster is a zombot, not a zombie. | "Look at him: he's got a hands-free phone one each ear; he can't go anywhere without a padd and his mega-memory ipod—he doesn't even know how they work—he can’t even read a book unless it’s on-line. He’s nothing but a zombot." | "Okay, are we ready for the meeting?" "Yup: I've got some fruit salad, some bagels, even coffee and tea for the zombots."

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    zomg - A variation of OMG . . . Oh My God. Used to show enthusiasm and sarcasm for the normal word.  
    (ED. Added at least temporarily because I have absolutely no idea of what the example means -- other than the "hawt" part. Bringing to mind, why in hell not just text "hot" rather than "hawt"? Yeah, yeah -- I can see that "a" is the first letter of "abc" and "w" is the first letter of "wxyz." Meaning, ostensibly, that only two key strokes are needed rather than three. Do you have to pause between the "a" and the "w"? If so, that would mean it might require fewer key strokes, but it would be perhaps only nominally faster. When you take into consideration that keying too fast would cause the intended "aw" to be taken as "b" and the "wt" as "x," I'll bet it takes longer on average to "hawt" than to "hot." What would hawt couture be?)

    e.g., xkillerxcorex:"Liek, ZOMG!11one!1 He's so hawt!1!

    submitted by Kaylee

    zone - Zone out. A way of floating out and not realizing passage of time or anything else around you. Can happen intentionally or unintentionally.

    e.g., Unintentional: I don't know what happened after that. I just sorta zoned out. Intentionally: I was really zonin' till my girlfriend came along and started yelling at me.

    submitted by Dylan

    zone, the - The circumstance created when a green light changes to yellow and you can neither stop nor go through the light without feeling you have done something wrong. (ED. A popular problem in mechanics is to show that at certain speeds and certain distances from an intersection, once the light turns yellow one can neither stop before reaching the intersection nor get through the intersection before the light turns red.)

    e.g., "Why did you run that light?" "I was in the zone. There was nothing I could do."

    submitted by zak

    zonee - Zoney, zonie. A native of Arizona.

    e.g., He's a zonee, the sun got to his brains.

    submitted by Sean - (www)

    zonemorph - An individual whose mind works in far-fetched and incomprehensible ways, whose eyes look funny, and utters unintelligible speech more than anything.

    e.g., That Zihlavsky's a zonemorph -- what he says doesn't make much sense.

    submitted by steve zihlavsky

    zoning - Contraction of "zoning-out." A lack of the ability to concentrate, or just a lack of all-togetherness -- e.g., falling asleep, not being able to think coherently, speak cleary, etc.

    e.g., 1. I don't know if this happened to you guys during that chemistry lecture, but during the last half hour, I was completely zoning. 2. This commercial is so boring, I'm begining to zone.

    submitted by ramsey

    zonos funbuco cagaschr - (Rhymes with KROnos bun-LUco ka-ga-SHEER, but itself abbreviable to "zono"; adv.) A measure of degree of "dead" -- something that refuses either to stay dead or to "cross over." [An abbreviation of the words comprising the spectrum from ZOmbie-NOSFeratu-UNfinished BUsiness-COma-CAtatonia-As Good As [dead]-SCHRodinger's cat.]

    e.g., "I have no idea why this car still runs: the engine's completely shot. It's amazing." "When you say 'shot,' just how zono are we talking?" "Well, it's obviously running . . . somehow. . . still: I'd say it's nosferatu -- it'll probably suck all the motor oil out of your truck if you leave 'em both in the same garage overnight."

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    zont - Sluggish, non-participative.

    e.g., You're being unusually zont, K. Why's that?

    submitted by Kody

    zoobaz - Term used to address a European or Canadian film student with a uniquely painted car.

    e.g., Hey, zoobaz, what shakes?

    submitted by David

    zoobulation - The joy felt from a visit to a zoo.

    e.g., His spirit was filled with zoobulation while visiting the San Diego Wildlife park.

    submitted by Bob

    zoochosis - According to PETA, a form of mental anguish caused by the impoverished environment (of zoos).

    e.g., PETA may seem extremely weird at times; however, their claim that elephants and other large animals put in zoos suffer zoochosis seems to have some merit.

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    zoodled - You've had way too much alcohol in a particular outing.

    e.g., She's puking -- must be zoodled.

    submitted by Biffer

    zoodles - Lots of.

    e.g., Thanks, Mum, for giving me zoodles of spaghetti.

    submitted by Emily

    zook - Regurgitate, puke, throw up.

    e.g., I think I'm gonna zook if I see any more synonyms for throw up.

    submitted by jeff brown - (www)

    zoolander - A guy who looks and dresses like a male model. Someone who wears lots of turtlenecks, pocketless clothes. It's derived from a sketch Ben Stiller did for the VH1 Awards in '96 where he was Derek Zoolander, male model.

    e.g., Hey zoolander, it's time for some fud.

    submitted by pinder - (www)

    zoolphoose - 1. Someone who is acting slow ornot paying attention. 2. Someone who is in a band but doesn't actually play a musical instrument. 3. Fool.

    e.g., Rob: Ryan, why is Chris in our band? All he does is wave a plank around in the air during our performances. Ryan: He's our zoolphoose; that's his job.

    submitted by Emrobin

    zoom-zooms and wham-whams - Inadequate compensations for jobs well done -- as opposed to, say, cash or promotions.

    e.g., Scott saved our butts with his Powerpoint presentation. Of course, he only got zoom-zooms and wham-whams for his efforts.

    submitted by tom johnson

    zoomba - A xylophonic device or instrument from South Africa.

    e.g., George plays the zoomba.

    submitted by George Clemmin

    zoombie - The driving dead, from Gary Larson's Far Side.

    e.g., Just when you thought the streets were safe. Coming to a theatre near you is The Night of the Zoombies. This time they're not just parallel parking.

    submitted by Ian Faynik

    zoomie - Member of the United States Air Force. To West Point cadets a zoomie is an Air Force Academy cadet.

    e.g., I'm not sure. I think he's a retired zoomie. An actual pilot.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    zoomout-moment - When you are suddenly exposed to the full complexity or size of something you thought you knew a lot about, but obviously didn't -- thus making you feel like an idiot.

    e.g., I thought I understood the storyline of the TV show, but then Colin exposed me to all the different episode stringsand I had a zoomout-moment.

    submitted by ryan

    zoop - Skeleton, bag of bones -- what's in the closet.

    e.g., On Halloween, my two-year-old exclaimed, "Mommy, mommy there's a zoop hanging there!"

    submitted by C. Henry

    zooted - 1. To be incapacitated beyond the ability to function on any level. 2. To be disciplined, taken advantage of, or treated unfairly by an individual, group, or institution.

    e.g., 1. He was really zooted at the party last night. 2. Although I was about to put a coin in the meter, the officer zooted me anyway. 3. The judges zooted the Canadian skaters.

    submitted by David Sanford

    zoowallaby - An Australian marsupial that takes well to being locked up and pampered.

    e.g., Down at the animal park they have three new zoowallabies. Let's have a looksee.

    submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

    zorch - One who wears entirely too much makeup, especially eyeliner.

    e.g., That zorch used a putty knife to apply her makeup.

    submitted by Ron

    zorch - To zap or be zapped with static electricity.

    e.g., I always manage to zorch myself when I go into the library.

    submitted by Carla Rosenfiedl

    zorph - A smurf holding a big piece of zinc. Zorf, as well.

    e.g., The zorph ran away when she saw me coming through the window.

    submitted by Chet 7th English

    zot! - The sound used in smiting someone or something.

    e.g., *point left index finger at target* "Zot!"

    submitted by Kopyk@

    zounds - An expression used to convey amazement or wonder. Similar to "Wow!" Often used by Pinkey of Pinkey and the Brain.

    e.g., "Zounds, Brain! That's brilliant!"

    submitted by Liz

    zowie - What you say when you hit your thumb with a hammer really hard.

    e.g., Zowie! That hurt.

    submitted by Gary

    zows - To fake being amazed by someone, to mock in an evil way.

    e.g., John Hughes aced his calculus test? Zows, Matt, zows.

    submitted by Mike

    zquinex - Mountain summit.

    e.g., We climbed to the zquinex of Mt. Everest.

    submitted by Harry Sullivan

    zrbrt - To place one's mouth, slightly open, against another person's body and blow, making a raspberry sound.

    e.g., *pppbbbbttttt* "Hey, you zrbrted me!"

    submitted by Eleri

    zubenelgenubians - (, pronounced zoo-ben-el-ge-NOO-bee-unz) 1. hypothetical beings from (a planet circling) the star Zubenelgenubi (Alpha^2 Librae); 2. Any space alien of unknown provenance, especially those you fear will come here and abduct you; 3. A space alien as opposed to an immigrant sans papiers; 4. the make-believe creatures responsible for tickling or peek-a-booing infants and toddlers (as in, "here come the Zubenelgenubians!"). (the name comes from the old Arabic az-zuban al-jan¨±biyy "southern claw [of Scorpio]" -- the Arab astronomers saw Libra as an extension of Scorpio).

    e.g., The Star Wars Cantina is a melange of Zubenelgenubians. | "I'm hunting for aliens." "Okay, wait: do you mean, like, undocumented migrants? or Zubenelgenubians?"

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    zug - A person who is fanatically obsessed with a geeky hobby to the point of being socially clueless -- poor hygeine, rude behavior, moronic sense of humor, arrogance despite obvious foolishness. Common subcategories include comic book zugs, gaming zugs, Star Trek zugs ("trekkers," the people who are so into it they can't let themselves be called "trekkies"), rennaizugs (idiots with sticks wearing sheets, socially clueless people who live at the Rennaissance festivals and fairs), Rocky Horror zugs (way too late, way too lame), Vampire zugs ("fangtards"), anime zugs, etc. This is not a term for the general fans of these hobbies, but for a specifically severe type. To my knowledge this was originally a comic book or game shop insider term as early as the 80s, but it has not been shared with the fan base, instead being supplanted by the less derogatory and more gender-specific "fanboy."

    e.g., "We'd better get the subscribers comics out of the shipment before the hordes of slobbering zugs come through the door." "That guy seems to think he's cool, but he's just a zug. You should see how many toys he has in his living room."

    submitted by George Edward Purdy

    zug-lover - Michael Jackson fan.

    e.g., Nothing like a new child molestating allegation to bring out the zug-lovers.

    submitted by mike

    zugatron - Any hi-tech gadget.

    e.g., He has 8 megs on his zugatron.

    submitted by Maty

    zugzwang - A board game position from where any other moves are worse or disadvantaged.

    e.g., An essential part of existentialism is the despair derived from the zugzwang experienced by urban dwellers in the game of life.

    submitted by Joel Parker - (www)

    zulloed - Bamboozled, tricked, bored to death by pointless conversation.

    e.g., Chris had no idea how to set up a Linux server, so she zulloed me to convince me she knew what she was doing.

    submitted by tardi

    zullofied - Overdefensive, especially in regards to a job you are not qualified to do. Typified by a stuttering, ramblingness to conversation that is only partially related to the topic. Misdiagnosis of a technical problem, typically done in a bassackwards-fashion.

    e.g., JZ took down the office network because he didnt know what he was doing. Talked in circles because he couldn't get our network back on line. Our network was zullofied.

    submitted by tardi

    zunkie - Person who takes her kids to see the pygmy elephants at the zoo a little too often. Addicted to the zoo experience.

    e.g., In the school holidays, my grandmother becomes a zunkie. We've seen the pygmy elephants five times in the past week.

    submitted by Dodgy Kransky

    zunneker - 'zun·nek·er (< Du. Brabant dial. zunneke < zo eentje, dim. of zo een):  ~Look! Usage: Always a single-word reply. Always in reply to someone’s inquiry as to the nature of thingys. Esp. in reply to “Hooneker?”

    e.g., Bob: "I made a nice thingy today." Alice: "Hooneker?" Bob (holding the thingy up): "Zunneker."

    submitted by René

    zup - An unknown state of being, oft-times questioned.

    e.g., Wha' zup?

    submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

    zuphomeez - A greeting for addressing friends.

    e.g., Friends: Yo. Bob: Zuphomeez, my brothers.

    submitted by Kagi Gifford - (www)

    zurker - Zurker: A new social network. Zurkers: People who use Zurker. Zurk: To zurk is to express appreciation for something, similar to Facebook "like, except it makes more sense. For example, if someone posts about a disaster in which hundreds of people die, it doesn't make sense to "like" it. So, zurk it. Zen: Digital currency from Zurker.

    e.g., "I thought you were coming to the play last weekend." "I had planned to, but I got engrossed in zurking and forgot about it. Sorry."

    submitted by Manoj Mezhuveli - (www)

    zuzzy - Worse than bad.

    e.g., Wycco has a zuzzy haircut.

    submitted by Wycco

    zwa - Exclamation used when you are caught completely by surprise.

    e.g., A. Jack, we hit the Lotto! Jack: Zwa?

    submitted by CJ

    zwag - A line that has curbs and zigzags and sprials in the middle.

    e.g., This line is a zwag and it is artistic.

    submitted by Fox

    zword - Sci fi term for a laser sword.

    e.g., His zword sliced clean through the alien flesh, killing the beastly menace, even before its body hit the ground.

    submitted by jon brown

    zxoghmn - A four-fingered playful jab to the belly.

    e.g., Whoa, I just got zxoghmned. . . . Do it again.

    submitted by bob

    zxxtergin - Author Jolie du Pre introduces the term "Zxxtergin" in the horror/paranormal novella Litria. An Zxxtergin is a monster who looks human. It has a life-span of 1,000 years, and it feeds on human blood and tissue. Zxxtergins have fangs and claws that emerge during killing and feeding. A human will become an Zxxtergin if bitten in the neck by an Zxxtergin. Zxxtergins are also produced when a female Zxxtergin mates with a male Zxxtergin. An Zxxtergin will die either by a gunshot to the head or of old age.

    e.g., Litria is an 18-year-old Zxxtergin.

    submitted by Jolie du Pre - (www)

    zyentinephymosisly - A word used to describe the playful characteristics of zebras.

    e.g., The zebra was jumping zyentinephymosisly.

    submitted by Holly Harford

    zyxatch - Concept. The word has no official meaning. It is merely the most horribly offensive thing to say to someone. It's the type of word that in other languages and countries would get you knocked about.

    e.g., Chris was being such ... such a *lowers voice* zyxatch. Why am I whispering? Everyone knows he's vermin.

    submitted by Swaniey

    zzentry - The final entry in a dictionary.

    e.g., Typically, many dictionaries will have the word 'zebra' as the Zzentry, but that's all in the past now.

    submitted by David Mock - (www)

    zzub - (n.) 1. the absence of the "buzz of conversation." 2. the absence of the noise normally masking conversation, which, in turn, leads to a cessation of conversation. (v.) 3. the vanishing of familiar sounds, often undetected for some time. 4. (by extension) the absence or vanishing of a particular person, place, or thing, especially if the absence is not noted at first.

    e.g., "And then we --" "And then you what? Why has everyone stopped talking?" "The bus's air conditioning turned off and everybody can you." "So." "I don't know . . . it's embarrassing somehow." | "Whoa, do you hear that?" "I don't hear anything." "Yeah, what's the zzub? Where are Mike's Beethoven?" "I don't know . . . we better check: he may be dead or something." | "Well, here we are again in Kilifi . . . another five years gone." "Yeah, but the zzub is just too much for me." "What zzub?" "How do we celebrate without Mama Jomo? Without the old lady, it's just not the same."

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    zzxjoanw - A Maori drum, among other things.

    e.g., "Do you play a musical instrument, Betsy?" "Well, I'm not very good, but I've had lessons on the zzxjoanw."

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    zzz austenlamaliciousdocious - To fall over a baby seal and then get hit in the head by a giraffe.

    ED. Since you used your word as a verb, I have changed your definition accordingly. "The act of" suggests a noun and your word "looks" like an adjective. But it's your word. You used it as a verb, so verb it is.

    If you went to all this effort to get a friend's name in as part of a word. … Voila!, you have succeeded. (By the way, I used "Voila!" before I saw it in your blog entry related to your submittal.) Anyone who does this much work to get her word entered in the PseudoDictionary a dictionary deserves to be rewarded. A blog with the same name, no less. I'm impressed. … Hmmm, I would have been more favorably impressed, of course, if you had gone to the trouble only for us and not for Urbandictionary first. Ah, well, such things happen.1

    You're going to find quite a few entries that appear in both the PseudoDictionary and Urbandictionary. Neither site is copying from the other, as a submitter calling herself "Christine Hsieh" once accused us of doing. (How Lillith reacted to "Christine.") You submitted your word to both sites -- and that's what a lot of our submitters do. I've even submitted some of my own neologisms (too high-falutin') word inventions to Urbandictionary.

    When I heard that Aaron Peckham of Urbandictionary would be publishing a book in the fall of 2005, I wondered if some of the duplicated words would appear in it. Apparently not, so Aaron must have gone out of his way to make sure that didn't happen. I checked when it came out. As far as I could tell -- not an extensive check -- there were no duplicates with PseudoDictionary.

    A second book seems to be in the works, to be published this fall. Aaron provides links on his website for you to pre-order it before publication. You have your choice of shopping at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

    I doubt that you need to be worried about Urbandictionary's rejecting your word.2 It's just fine. Urbandictionary used to have no review process whatsoever. That's probably why it grew like Topsy. The folks there must have had to cull through a million entries to come up with the words Aaron used in his first book. We lack his patience.

    Note: This bracketed comment will be invisibled after being up long enough to give you a chance to see it. If you want me to leave it up for a while because of all the attention it will draw to your word, let me know. I can leave it up until it drops out of the recent entries. You can find an e-mail address for me in the forum.

    "Y'all come back now, hear?"


    1 While it's true that the Urbandictionary is much, much larger than the PseudoDictionary, was born nine months and six days earlier. [I'm not sure I'm right about that. Records for when site names were registered are not clear -- and really don't tell who came first, do they?] Does that make the PseudoDictionary and Urbandictionary "Irish twins? No, it doesn't. Their lineages differ and their aims differ. Urbandictionary invites you to "Define your world"; PseudoDictionary invites you to "Make us smile." (The Unword Dictionary says it is "Changing the English language one word at a time.")

    2 A little Mrs. Grundy stuff: Check how gerunds are used to find out what the difference is between saying "Urbandictionary's rejecting your word" and "Urbandictionary rejecting your word." Some fine distinctions in our language may be lost if we don't pay attention to how we use words.

    Their love of the English language (not their love of the English) is why HD and Marty provide this site for your edification and entertainment (theirs, too) … at no charge. The PseudoDictionary is the closest thing you're going to get to a free lunch on the internet. If HD can ever figure out how to do it and remain anonymous, he and Marty will even give away cash and prizes for making them smile. HD tried to set up a PayPal account, but the technology must have been beyond his grasp. He is a geezer, you know.

    e.g., "Let's go to the zoo." "But we might austenlamaliciousdocious."

    submitted by Taylor Kelly - (www)

    zzz-mail - An e-mail that is taking forever to send. From the comic book notation for sleeping or snoring.

    e.g., This ain't e-mail, this is zzz-mail.

    submitted by chimx - (www)

    zzzzolch - To laze around and barely do anything.

    e.g., I hope you're not planning to zzzzolch all day because you have homework, Tong.

    submitted by Tong

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