- related to saftig "juicy": full-figured,
full-bodied, full-bosomed, buxom, having a full rounded figure,
pleasingly plump, well-propotioned, slightly fat [Yiddish zaftik
"juicy, succulent" < zaft "juice, sap"
< Middle High German saftec "juicy" < saf,
saft "juice" < Old High German saf
"sap", related to English sap].
- "If you're over forty or fat, stay away from numbers.
Euphemisms are your friends. Use terms like boomer babe, sexy
senior, ample, voluptuous, zaftig or BBW (Big Beautiful
Woman) instead." Myreah Moore, Date Like A Man: What Men Know About
Dating and Are Afraid You'll Find Out, 2001, p. 135.
- "The new coffee table and my beautiful Bolero [statue]
in all her zaftig bronze glory were a welcoming sight." Fran
Drescher, Cancer Schmancer, 2002, p. 106.
- "And, Scurr hopes, ease discomfort for those of us on
the more zaftig side." Cynthia Graber, "Battling Exercise-Induced Breast Pain",
60-Second Science, Jun. 6, 2008.
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- ZDF n.
- short for Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen "Second
German Television": a public TV broadcasting company in Germany.
- "For example, Korinna Horta, an economist working for
the Environmental Defense Fund, was in a similar manner
thwarted'banned' is the word she usedfrom traveling into
the region; Dr. Birgit Hermes of ZDF television in Germany was denied
permission to bring in a crew that would document the bushmeat
situation within the CIB concession; and Gary Streiker of CNN asked
for similar permission and was likewise turned away." Dale
Peterson, Eating Apes, 2003, p. 170.
- "Barbara Frei anchored the morning news for ZDF."
John Irving, The Fourth Hand, 2001, p. 59.
- "A veteran of Germany's ZDF, one of Europe's largest TV
stations with an annual budget of 1.8 billion [euro] ($1.5 billion),
has been elected to the pubcaster's top job -- ending months of
uncertainty about its future head." Christian Kohl, "ZDF ups
20-year vet to its top job", Variety, Mar. 25, 2002.
- "The two German public TV channels, ARD and ZDF, both
have exclusive broadcasting rights to the new DTM." Greg N.
Brown, "AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK55", European Car, Nov. 2000.
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- zeitgeber n.
- from Zeitgeber "timer": an environmental
agent or event such as light or temperature that provides the stimulus
setting or resetting a biological clock of an organism [German Zeitgeber
"time giver" < Zeit "time" + Geber
"giver" < geben "to give"]. This entry
suggested by Richard
Harvey. See also zeitgeist.
- "This power to determine emotion is akin to what is
called in biology a zeitgeber (literally, 'time-grabber'), a
process (such as the day-night cycle or the monthly phases of the
moon) that entrains biological rhythms." Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can
Matter More Than IQ, 1997, p. 117. Geber does not in any
sense mean "grabber", as stated here, but rather
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- zeitgeist, zeitgeist,
- from Zeitgeist "time spirit": the spirit of
the times; the intellectual, moral and cultural state of a period. See
also hopfgeist, poltergeist, zeitgeber.
- "He haunted the cellars and satirical night-clubs of
South Strands, where the Beats, in those days, were giving their
jazz-and-poetry recitals, and felt himself thrillingly connected to
the Zeitgeist." David Lodge, Changing Places, 1975, p. 20.
- "I'm not saying that these are today's Nazis - God forbid. I only wondered whether
they might not, back in those days, have been equally well suited to
be the embodiment of a ruthless, glacial Zeitgeist."
Norbert & Stephan Lebert, My Father's Keeper: Children of Nazi
Leaders--An Intimate History of Damage and Denial, 2001.
- "In declaring war on cancer, President Nixon was no more
than iterating the zeitgeist of popular medical and lay opinion."
Frank Ryan, M.D., Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues
Out of the Present and Into the Future, 1998.
- "Plain it is to us that what the world seeks through
desert and wild we have within our threshold,a stalwart laboring
force, suited to the semi-tropics; if, deaf to the voice of the
Zeitgeist, we refuse to use and develop these men, we risk poverty and
loss." W.E. Burghardt Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, 1903.
- "Or to an Old World zeitgeist so catastrophically
hidebound that a few economic reforms won't remedy it?" Michael
Krantz, Time Digital, Mar. 17, 1997, p. 27.
- "Like a tripwire on the zeitgeist, the novel provided
the first glimmer of the public's fresh hunger for a franchise that
had hardly lain dormant since the mid-80s." Bruce Handy, Time, Mar. 17, 1997, p. 80.
- Google Zeitgeist Search patterns, trends, and
surprises according to Google
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- zigzag, zig-zag, zig and zag, zig, zag n., v.i., v.t.,
- from Zickzack: (to move in) a line or course that
moves back and forth to form a series of sharp angles [French zic-zac
< German Zickzack, perhaps reduplication of the
interjection zack!, perhaps < Zacke "tooth,
cog" < Middle High German zacke "point,
- "Down from vague and vaporous heights, little ruffled
zigzag milky currents came crawling, and found their way to the verge
of one of those tremendous overhanging walls, whence they plunged, a
shaft of silver, shivered to atoms in mid-descent and turned to an air
puff of luminous dust." Mark Twain, A
Tramp Abroad, 1879, p. 359.
- "So that Monsoons, Pampas, Nor-Westers, Harmattans,
Trades; any wind but the Levanter and Simoom, might blow Moby Dick
into the devious zig-zag world-circle of the Pequod's circumnavigating
wake." Herman Melville, Moby-Dick,
or, The Whale, 1851, p. 198.
- "We had entered the outskirts of the forest of Zenda,
and the trees, closing in behind us as the track zigged and zagged,
prevented us seeing our pursuers, and them from seeing us."
Anthony Hope, The
Prisoner of Zenda: being the history of three months in the life of an
English gentleman, 1894, p. 76.
- "In a sudden pause of the talk the game would recommence
with a sharp click and go on for a time in the flowing soft whirr and
the subdued thuds as the balls rolled zig-zagging towards the
inevitably successful cannon." Joseph Conrad, An
Outcast of the Islands, 1896, p. 6.
Zigzag Kid, by David Grossman, 1999.
A Novel, by Landon J. Napoleon, 1999.
A Life on the Move, by James M. Houston, 1999.
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- zinc n.
- from Zink: a metal, element and nutrient [German Zink,
Zinken prob. < German Zinke, Zinken "spike" (so
called because it becomes jagged in the furnace) < Middle High
German zinke < Old High German zinko, possibly
related to tooth and tin].
- "In addition to the copper ores, the Outokumpu depositis
yield iron, zinc, cobalt, nickel, tin, gold, silver and
sulphur." Fred Singleton, A
Short History of Finland, 1989, p. 5.
- "'Ah, one-horse dentist,' he muttered between his teeth.
'Ah, zinc-plugger, cow-killer, I'd like to show you once, you
overgrown mucker, you -- you -- COW-KILLER'" Frank Norris, McTeague:
A Story of San Francisco, 1899, p. 169.
- "They would also use mercury for bullets in their
rifles, just as inhabitants of the intra-Vulcan planets at the other
extreme might, if their bodies consisted of asbestos, or were in any
other way non-combustibly constituted, bathe in tin, lead, or even
zinc, which ordinarily exist in the liquid state, as water and mercury
do on the earth." John Jacob Astor, Journey
in Other Worlds, 1894, p. 392.
- "There, as in all Latin America, marginalized and
dispossessed immigrants from the countryside lived in houses made of
cardboard and zinc." Jorge G. Castaneda, Companero:
The Life and Death of Che Guevara, 1997.
- "But Uncle Esteban also took it upon himself to carry
out certain more humble tasks which later proved to be the best
example he could have given Estefania, such as merely cleaning the
gums of the wounded or washing their bodies with ointment of zinc and
castor oil when they soiled themselves in bed or picking lice from
their heads with infinite patience." Fernando Del Paso, Palinuro
of Mexico, 1977.
- "Zinc absorption is also enhanced by other factors in
human milk." Martha Sears R.N. & William Sears M.D., The
Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your
Child from Birth Through Weaning, 2000.
- "The prostate's fluid is clear and mildly acidic, and
contains many ingredients, most of them designed to sustain sperm
outside the body for as long as possible. (These include citric acid,
acid phosphatase, spermine, potassium, calcium, and zinc.)"
Patrick C. Walsh M.D. & Janet Farrar Worthington, Dr.
Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer, 2001.
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- zoftig adj.
- See zaftig.
- zugzwang n.,
- from Zugzwang "compulsion to move": (in
chess) a situation in which one is forced to make a disadvantageous
move, a no-win situation; to force into a bad (chess) position [German
Zug "pull, move" < Middle High German zuc
"pull" < Old High German ziohan "to
pull" + Zwang "compulsion" < Middle High
German zwanc, twanc, dwanc < Old High German thwanga].
This entry suggested by Alfred
- "Zugzwangthat's what they call it in
chess. He had to make a move he didn't want to...." Emil A.
Draitser, "Zugzwang" Kenyon Review,
- "In Kippenberger's game, it is always our move, and our
options are, as they say in chess, zugzwang: losing either way."
Peter Schjeldahl, "The Delinquent" The Village
Voice, Oct. 14, 1997, p. 101, according to wordsmith.org.
a good thing, if it's not your move." Tal Shaked, The
Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 18, 1998.
- "(White: Ka7,Qg3,Nc5,Nh7; Black: Kh1,Nb4,Nh2,P:g2):
1.Ne4! Nd3! (On 1...g1Q 2.Nf2+ wins.) 2.Qf2!! Nxf2 (On 2...g1Q 3.Ng3+
or 2...Nf1 3.Qh4+ wins.) 3.Ng3+! Kg1 4.Ng5, black is in zugzwang and
is mated either on f3 or h3." Lubomir Kavalek, "Solution
to today's composition by A. Gurvich" The
Washington Post, Dec. 25, 2000.
- zwieback n.
- from Zwieback "twice baked": bread which is
first baked then toasted.
- "I got to the point where Mr. Moody feeding nickels into
the slot-machine with one hand and eating zwieback with the other made
me nervous. After a while he went to sleep over it, and when he had
slipped a nickel in his mouth and tried
to put the zwieback in the machine he muttered something and went up
to the house." Mary Roberts Rinehart, Where There's a Will, 1912.
- zwischenzug n.
- from Zwischenzug "between + move": a
determining chess move.
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