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I'm doing some maintenance work on some software - whose original developers are unknown. There is a report called the "All Zingo Report", which basically dumps all the data for the primary "entity" in the database (the primary entity represents a person that has been referred to a government-associated medical program).

Why would the word "zingo" be used to describe such a report?

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I've never heard that word before, except maybe as a sound effect. It sounds like a term specific to that industry/domain. Possibly specific to that particular development team. You might want to ask one of the other people around. – FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Jul 28 '11 at 15:24
The closer word you can find on a dictionary is zing, which means "energy, enthusiasm, or liveliness." – kiamlaluno Jul 28 '11 at 15:41
It may be a reference to the game Zingo!, which is similar to Bingo, but involves filling an entire card. This would make some sense if you are dumping a whole load of data. – Kit Z. Fox Jul 28 '11 at 16:13
Just lately it seems to me a number of Questions are being either closed or voted in that direction for what seem to me at least questionable reasons. I've voted to reopen, and I don't think my decision is significantly related to the fact that I chose to Answer. – FumbleFingers Jul 28 '11 at 16:19
zingo produces over 5000 references in NGrams. Many other words with far less currency have been asked about on EL&U, and I feel it's also relevant to point out that this word is more "current" than "obsolete", which definitely applies to some terms covered by the site. – FumbleFingers Jul 28 '11 at 16:24
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I have discovered from the original designers that the report was named after the Bingo-like children's game (as KitFox comments above).

It may be a reference to the game Zingo!, which is similar to Bingo, but involves filling an entire card. This would make some sense if you are dumping a whole load of data.

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You should summarize KitFox's description in your answer, in case the comment is later deleted. – Bradd Szonye Jun 12 '13 at 20:27

From The Ins & Outs of Law Firm Mismanagement (1994)...

Stevie: Zingo, far out.

Loretta: What do you mean, "zingo, far out"?

Stevie: Technically, "zingo" means either "great idea" or "exactly", and the "far out" is generally just added for emphasis.

In the 80s, McGraw-Hill published an extensive series of teaching/reference books with "Zingo" in the title. Presumably with part of the above sense, but also perhaps with the connotations of "comprehensive" that clearly apply to OP's context.

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+1 - The local amusement park when I was a kid had a big wooden roller-coaster called The Zingo. I'd never heard the word anywhere else, but I'm guessing this is the idea they were going for. See google.com/… for pics. – T.E.D. Jul 28 '11 at 16:15

I was listening to an excerpt from the 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast posted on Wikipedia when I heard this word used (2 minutes 20 seconds in) as an expression of abrupt transition ".. I see a kind of greenish streak then, Zingo!, something smacked the ground.". The word Bingo might be used in the same way. My search for where Zingo might originate lead me here.


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You said this is a medical-related database, and Zingo is the trade name for a lidocaine injector. Whether or not that'll help clear up the mystery of the All Zingo Report, I have no idea.

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