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May 28, 2021
This week’s theme
High-scoring words in Scrabble

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chutzpah
quixotry
blowzy
quincunx
whizbang

whizbang
A sign in Foncquevillers, France, advertising a British military Christmas party, Dec 1916

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whizbang

PRONUNCIATION:
(WHIZ-bang)

MEANING:
noun:1. Someone or something extraordinarily successful.
 2. Someone or something flashy, impressive, technologically innovative, etc.
 3. A firework that makes whizzing sounds and loud bangs.
adjective:1. Highly successful or talented.
 2. Flashy, impressive, fast-paced, loud, etc.

NOTES:
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.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1881.

USAGE:
“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)

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