Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for Zyzzyva

On this, the last day of the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge, I thought it would be fitting to write on a topic that is associated with the concept of finality or "the end."  

Allow me to introduce a word that you are not probably not familiar with:


A zyzzyva is a genus of tropical South American weevils (type of beetle) that are particularly fond of palm trees.  Apparently this critter is quite destructive to vegetation, too.

What does this have to do with the end or conclusion of something, you ask?

Well, zyzzyva just happens to be the last word in the American Heritage Collegiate Dictionary.

And, according to Urban Dictionary, zyzzyva can also be used to indicate an instance where someone “gets the last word in.”  Example:  After a long argument with Alex, Sam wasn’t content until he got the zyzzyva.

Two questions:  
1) Have you ever heard of the word zyzzyva?
2) What are the odds of you trying to work zyzzyva into conversation?  FYI - it is pronounced "ziz i vah," just in case you're willing! LOL!

With that, I am happy to announce that I have now successfully completed the A to Z Blogging Challenge!  It's a wrap, people!  Congrats to those of you of tackled this challenge.  As I have learned, it looks by far easier than it actually is.

As always, thank you for stopping by and taking a few minutes to read my musings.  If you have hung with me throughout this challenge, thanks for taking the scenic, unplanned ride with me.  Have a great weekend!

This is my twenty-sixth and final alphabetized blog entry I am publishing this month as a part of the 2016 Blogging A to Z Challenge.  On May 9, I will reflect on my experience in a reflection post.  My theme for this challenge has been "Whatever I Think Of."  

For more information on the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, click here.


  1. Haha I was trying to figure out how to say that word! It may be my new go to at work!

  2. Way to go with a strong finish! I have never heard of the word zyzzyva, but I sure would use it. It's very cool. The beetle is pretty interesting looking too...
    Glad we connected during the A-Z. I'll look forward to catching up on the road trip. Don't forget to sign up for that! Congrats on finishing.
    Thanks Erika!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Thank you! I will do that (road trip)! Good meeting you as well!

  3. Never heard of this word and absolutely love it. I had to Google the etymology. Knowing it is completely made up and is the entomologist's version of calling his business AAA Auto Care so he can game the dictionary system is just the icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Congrats on completing the challenge.
    Also, thanks for introducing me to a word that I was unfamiliar with.

  5. In the corner of my mind, I feel like there is a song that uses this word...............


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