Kate Barnes (k8cre8) wrote in 1word1day,
Kate Barnes


I noticed that there was an extreme dearth of "z" words, so, I thought this obscure word would help even out the scales a bit. 

"Well, if you remember that the zenzizenzizenzic of 2 is 256, (which is, of course 16 squared) then you have to realize that the purchase of an Infinity would not be wise until after the 12th."
"But, dear, I can't understand why you're refusing to take into account the obvious implications of the fact that it's Sept 2, 2008, a sum of 21, which is 3 times 7, which obviously means your seventh car should be a KIA, which also is a 21."
"Pshaw. A KIA? Not with my 106. Don't forget that. But if we buy the car on the last day of the month, we could either take the cube root of 216, which, even you will remember, is 6, and then buy a Legend, or a Taurus, unless that conflicts with the fifth root of 243, which is three, and we will have to settle for a Dodge Neon."
"Well, that tears it. I'm never again letting you talk me into buying a car using numerology. A Neon? Where are we supposed to put the kids' car seats? Forget it. We're getting a minivan."

zenzizenzizenzic: / ZEN-ziz-EN-ziz-en-zic / noun, German.  the eighth power of a number.

This word is obscure, and carries on mostly as a curiosity. It is a word that was used by 16th century mathematicians, and has the distinction of being the word in the OED with the most number of "Zs" in it.  The root of the word, "zenzic" is related to the Italian "censo," which means "squared," and is the root of our word "census."
Tags: german, obsolete, plural noun, theme: stories, z

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