Z is for Zorino, Zatch and 12 Other Zany Words I’d Never Heard Of

You know why I do the A to Z Blogging Challenge every year, despite the extra work? Because it makes me stretch and learn.

Hubby and I were talking over “Z” words (especially after yesterday’s Scrabble post) and trying to decide which one would make the coolest “Z” post to end the challenge with a bang, if you know what I mean.

We came across a site called The Phrontistery (that means: a thinking place). (S)he had this Groovy List of Unusual Words Beginning with Z. It is amazing.

[And I swear, this guy is Julie Glover’s twin separated at birth. She’s the only other person I know who knows these things.]

Our favorites were as follows:

Word Definition
zabuton flat Japanese cushion for kneeling or sitting
zalambdodont having molar teeth with V-shaped ridges
zampone stuffed pigs’ trotter sausage (LOL…trotters)
zarf ornamental holder for hot coffee cup
(but it sounds like barf… *whines*)
zatch female genitalia (yep, made me snort)
zebrinny offspring of male horse and female zebra
zebroid like or resembling a zebra
zelatrix older nun in charge of disciplining younger nuns
(Now I’m thinking about nuns with whips. Freaky…)
zenzizenzizenzic eighth power of a number
(Say it…it’s a great word!)
zizel chipmunk
(Oh, Gene…do you whisper zizels too??)
zoanthropy delusion that one is an animal
zoppetto medieval Italian limping hop dance
(how do you hop AND limp at the same time?)
zorino euphemism for skunk fur
(WHY is there a euphemism for this?)
zyzzyva South American weevil
(Can YOU pronounce it?)

Do you have zany “Z” words that you love? Which of the above words made you laugh? Did you have a favorite More Cowbell post during this year’s challenge? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!


ANNOUNCEMENTS: I’ll get one more quick post up this week before the DFW festivities begin so that you don’t have to wait to find out who won the last bumper sticker and who won the Amazon card (remember you must subscribe to be in the running for that last one)!

p.s. I’ve got my gorgeous Cowbell ready to deliver to Julie Glover, the kickoff gal for the Cowbell Chronicles. 🙂

About Jenny Hansen

Avid seeker of "more"...More words, more creativity, More Cowbell! An extrovert who's terribly fond of silliness. Founding blogger at Writers In The Storm (http://writersinthestormblog.com). Write on!
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51 Responses to Z is for Zorino, Zatch and 12 Other Zany Words I’d Never Heard Of

  1. Yvonne Lewis says:

    Congratulations in completing the A to Z Challenge.



  2. Sisyphus47 says:

    Zakked! Superb dear freind! You made it! mwahhh!


  3. Gene Lempp says:

    Why yes, I do also zizel-whisper. We have a family of three living along our property line that come to visit us often. So much in fact, that they will now move through areas we are in with a nod of greetings and no real fear. Great word collection, Jenny – thanks for including me 🙂


  4. Those are some awesome ‘Z’ words, my friend. Wow. It’s too early for me to be clever and I haven’t had tea yet, I will quietly applaud your achievement and ponder how to use these words throughout my day. Well done.


  5. K.B. Owen says:

    I think that “eighth power” word was something a bunch of mathematicians TAs made up while passing around a bottle of tequila and grading student exams, LOL. And now I can add “zarf” to my Scrabble list!

    I also like…Zamboni, and ziggurat. 😉


  6. Julie Glover says:

    I actually knew zebrinny (there’s one that lives nearby at a wildlife park) and zoanthrophy (there’s an example of zoanthropy in the Bible, specifically lycanthropy, but I digress…). I am totally looking at that list! And yay on the cowbell! So excited.

    Thinking about your phobia post and this one, I figured there had to be some phobias that begin with Z. Sure enough, there is zelophobia (fear of jealousy), zoophobia (fear of animals, of course), zeusophobia (fear of God/gods), and zemmiphobia (fear of the Great Mole Rat). Who thinks these things up? LOL.


  7. LauraDrake says:

    But does Gene suffer from zoanthropy? zemmiphobia?
    Z makes one stretch, doesn’t it? 🙂


  8. Jenny —

    Love your zzzzzzany post!

    I knew a few of your snazzzzzzy Z words — zebroid ( -oid words are easy to remember, think schizoid.), zenzizenzizenzic (Winning cadence!), zoanthropy (Another easy one.).

    Here’s one I bet you’ll love. ZEUGMA!

    Zeugma is one of the umpteen rhetorical devices. I won’t TELL what it is, I’ll SHOW.

    Margie grabbed her purse, her keys, and her steely resolve.

    That’s a ZEUGMA!

    If I just grabbed my keys and my steely resolve, it would still be a zeugma.

    Happy Z day!


  9. Me? No words to add (yet), but I picked up a great tee shirt idea.

    I’ve got Zatch!

    If queried about what it means? Well…

    Ever have one of those brain fart moments when you say something back-a$$wards, like week of the day, or water under the damn and over the bridge? No?

    [Grrrr. And, get over yourself.]

    So! Back on topic. If queried what it means, I could say, “Look up it. Yikes! I mean look it up.”


  10. I laughed at zebroid. Such a great word. Could start a whole new fashion trend 🙂


  11. What fun! I love learning new words. 🙂
    Favorite z word (today) is Zeitgeist, which is my final Z post’s title and theme. (Thank you, God.) 😉


  12. Phil says:

    You are so zany and I am impressed you made it through the whole A-Z challenge. Congrats! Great work! Zeee-riffic!


  13. Congratulations!! You made it from A-Z and you did it your way! Loved the journey with you!


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Thank you, Pauline!!! When I read this earlier today, it made me grin from ear-to-ear. My hubby asked: “What are you smiling about?” And I said, “the More Cowbell posse freaking ROCKS.”


  14. tomwisk says:

    When I hit Z I was stuck. In the shower I thought of zymurgy: the study of fermentation as in wine and beer. It was the last word in my high school dictionary (the one with all the pages with dirty words highlighted) Fermentation led to ZZ Top and Zydeco which go well with products of zymurgy.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Awesome, Tom!!! I saw that word on the “Z” list I referenced above, along with a bunch of other “zy” words. I’ve gotta go take a peek. And Zydeco is the best thing going. 🙂


  15. I think that those that hang out here for More Cowbell are members of a Zooidal, one that lives in a colony in which each member is joined to others by living material, which is exactly what Jenny Hansen writes. 🙂


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I think this might be the very best comment I’ve ever gotten (and you know that’s saying alot with the posse that hangs out here). Thanks, Karen, and that’s a really, really cool word. 🙂


  16. Liz Brownlee says:

    LOL! I know a few people who don’t need to be delusional about being an animal. My favourite in your list has to be zebroid. I do like zebras. Sounds like fun here!

    Congrats on getting to the end of the A-Z! Liz ~ http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com


  17. Diana Beebe says:

    I love the list. I’m going to memorize those words so I can play them against my brother-in-law in Wordfeud. LOL. See you at DFWCon! 🙂


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I hope you kick his a$$!!! And ‘zarf’ and ‘zatch’ have got to be the best new game words ever, right??


      • Diana Beebe says:

        I’m gonna be pretty upset if the game dictionary doesn’t recognize those words, especially zarf and zatch!

        Also, zarf rhymes with “narf,” which is Pinky’s favorite thing to say to annoy Brain. So don’t be sad that it rhymes with that other word. Because narf is more fun to think about.


  18. Dawn says:

    All I have to say is that reading your blog posts is not unlike conversations with my 12 and 15 year old sons. In fact, I believe you could teach them a thing or two, IYKWIM….


  19. Yay, Jenny. You have done it again! And those z-words were the icing on the cake! I cannot wait to hear all the juice from DFW this weekend. The airwaves are already steaming! Wigs at the ready!


  20. fayenorth says:

    Hmmm, not quite sure how I’d fit any of those words into a conversation. (That’s a job for the protagonist in my WIP.) Congratulations on completing the Challenge!
    Faye at Destination: Fiction


  21. Karen Rought says:

    These were great! Thanks for sharing. I feel so enlightened!


  22. Jessica says:

    It’s crazy to think how many words there are out there that we’re not yet aware of.

    Congrats on completing the challenge. 🙂


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