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    #1

    'Zinger'

    Hello,
    Is that a widely used word? Is it used mostly in the US?


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    #2

    Re: 'Zinger'

    Learn that word! I collect books of the best zingers that have become folklore.

    Anyone have some favourites they want to post!?

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    #3

    Re: 'Zinger'

    So, 'zinger' is also used in the UK? Could you show some examples of 'natural use' of it. (Perhaps, couple from one of those zingers' books?)


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    #4

    Re: 'Zinger'

    It is not a word that is recognizable except as a possible facetious use as in the above post, where it is used as a slangy form of "singer". Please provide the context in which you met the word.

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    #5

    Re: 'Zinger'

    "Zing" is an onomatopoeia, for speedily moving through the air. "Zinger" is slang for "a big fast one" whether a joke, a lie, or some other object. It means "quite a big /conspicuous one."

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    #6

    Re: 'Zinger'

    Hm.. Can't it be used to descrive some caustic or witty remark? For example, 'She constantly gave zingers to all her friends.'

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    #7

    Re: 'Zinger'

    Yes, that's what I said.

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    #8

    Re: 'Zinger'

    Won't it sound a bit odd? :)

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    #9

    Re: 'Zinger'

    Yes, it's rather rare, so it's easy to make it sound odd.

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    #10

    Re: 'Zinger'

    Under the "For what it's worth" category, it's also a term for an object that attaches to your clothing with a retractable, spring-loaded cord. I have my badge for work attached to one so I can pull out by badge, swipe through the access panel,and let go, and it retracts automatically.

    Fishermen use them to attach all sorts of things to their fishing vests. If you go to Cabellas or LL Bean, you'll find all sorts of things like zingers, nippers, etc. that you never knew were real words. :)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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