"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Friday, 8 October 2010



I would not normally include scientific genera because there are too many and they are not something that most people would be intersted in as words in themselves. But zyzzyva was one I had to put it. Zyzzyva is a genus of tropical South American weevils particularly fond of palm trees.


  1. How is it pronounced? Is the emphasis on the first or second y?

  2. Don't know - but I suspect however you pronounced it there would unlikely to be anyone who knew better!!