Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The word can also be written "pzaz" and "pizazz". I have found some definitions, but I want a synonym. As English is not my natural tongue, I also don't exactly know what it means socially. Is it the same as je ne sais quois?

share|improve this question
    
I checked at least 8 of them. Specially the ones that are created collaboratively to get the slang words. –  fceruti Dec 16 '11 at 21:32
1  
Pizzazz (the only spelling I've ever seen) isn't at all the same as je ne sais quoi - which obviously refers to some unknown/indescribable quality. But sticking with French words that have crossed over into English, I think elan comes pretty close. –  FumbleFingers Dec 17 '11 at 18:55

2 Answers 2

up vote 4 down vote accepted

Dictionary.com has a few synonyms, grouped into two basic meanings:

1. energy; vitality; vigor.
2. attractive style; dash; flair.

Though this word is informal, it can be used at its face value socially - it's a positive term (as evidenced by the second definition above) and not crude.

As a side note, pizzazz is definitely the most common spelling of this word:

share|improve this answer
    
The thing is that sometimes I don't really know if I understand the social context of the words. Thats why I'm asking for help. –  fceruti Dec 16 '11 at 21:37
    
where did you get that graph? Looks great. –  fceruti Dec 16 '11 at 21:42
    
Thanks for your time. –  fceruti Dec 16 '11 at 21:46
    
The link above it shows where to get such graphs. –  GEdgar Dec 16 '11 at 21:54

Sparkle, excitement, energy. I've never seen it spelled pzaz. That sounds like it was seen in a text message.

share|improve this answer
1  
How about pzazz? –  Daniel Dec 16 '11 at 21:38

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.