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?

  • I checked at least 8 of them. Specially the ones that are created collaboratively to get the slang words.
    – fceruti
    Dec 16, 2011 at 21:32
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    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. Dec 17, 2011 at 18:55

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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:

  • 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, 2011 at 21:37
  • where did you get that graph? Looks great.
    – fceruti
    Dec 16, 2011 at 21:42
  • The link above it shows where to get such graphs.
    – GEdgar
    Dec 16, 2011 at 21:54

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


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