MEANING: adjective: Having a bizarre, subjective, idiosyncratic style, especially in journalism.

ETYMOLOGY: Coined by Bill Cardoso, journalist and author, in 1971. It was first used in a published work by Hunter S. Thompson, journalist and author (1939-2005). Perhaps from Italian gonzo (simpleton) or Spanish ganso (dull or fool, literally a goose). Earliest documented use: 1971.

GOON ZO - a zany old-time radio show featuring Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine.

GONZOO - the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre in Nassau (Bahamas), alas, after recent Hurricane Dorian

GONDO - the guy who leers from a pole-propelled boat in Venice, singing "Santa Lucia"