Origin of English word PIZAZZ

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PIZAZZ rates an "origin unknown" or is dismissed as expressive, recent slang by various dictionaries. PIZAZZ means exuberance, pep, flamboyance, zest, flair. פזז   PeeZaiZ is to leap, jump or dance (IISamuel6:16), as King David displayed lots of PIZAZZ when rejoicing boisterously before the Lord.    ז Zayin is doubled again in זיז ZeeYZ (abundance, fullness – Isaiah 66:11), also referring to anything alive and moving (Psalms 50:11) – as in ZOOLOGY (from Greek zoe, life).         פזז   PeeZaiZ is to showily leap, jump or dance (IISamuel6:16).

1)  פחז Pa [K]HahZ (“to leap, run, hasten”) or the “wantonness” of Jeremiah 23:32 ,     2)    Harkavy defines  זוז   ZOOZ  as “to be prominent.“  These combines well  to describe the public athleticism of   פזז   PeeZaiZ.         .


PaZaZ or FSS is to be agile or quick.  The FAST that means “quick” may have had a T added because of other, non-related FAST words (abstain, steadfast).  PaZeeYZ means haste in Aramaic. These words are fine etymons for FAST (rapid), which had been forced to share an etymology with the "firm, stable" FAST. FAST also means "reckless, wild, dissipated and promiscuous." These recall FS words like HayFeeYTS (to scatter) and ) FeS[A]h (suddenly – Numbers 6:9). Also available as PeT[A]H, it is a match for Japanese patto (suddenly).

Speeding vehicles may “zoom” by, they don’t sound like they “zip” by.  Nonetheless, our dictionaries assume that ZIP and ZIPPY (energetic, brisk) are imitative and merely colloquial. A clue that PeeZaiZ is involved comes from the Italian words for a lame person, who appears to hop as they walk on one good leg.  Italian   zoppo means lame, limping, wobbling; zoppicare is to limp.  The Ben-Yehudah dictionary defines PeZahZ as “to hop.”   The Pey-Zayin  reverses or UNZIPS to ZP.  The ZIPPER is a later invention.  It, too, involves haste.

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