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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
The term has its origin in the onomatopoeic representation of the sound made by a firearm or firework. It was popularized in WWI as high-speed shells were called whizbangs. It was also the name given to a rocket launcher used by the US Army during WWII.
Of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1881.
“You told me that you have whizbang people in the Devanez family who can read minds and do all kinds of crap.”
Iris Johansen; The Perfect Witness; St. Martin’s; 2014.
“It was in fact a touch firmer over bumps -- despite being equipped with the optional whizbang suspension.”
Joshua Dowling; Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan; Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Jun 29, 2019.
See more usage examples of whizbang in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Why is it that one can look at a lion or a planet or an owl or at someone's finger as long as one pleases, but looking into the eyes of another person is, if prolonged past a second, a perilous affair? -Walker Percy, author (28 May 1916-1990)