Word of the Day.

This week’s theme: words that have many unrelated meanings.

fizgig (FIZ-gig) noun

1. A squib: a type of firework made with damp powder that makes a
hissing sound when exploding.
[From fizz, a clipping of fizzle, from fysel (to break wind).]

2. A kind of top spun by pulling a string wound around it.
3. A flirty, frivolous girl.
[From Middle English gig (a flighty girl, a whipping-top).]

4. A kind of harpoon with barbs for spearing fish.
[From Spanish fisga (fish spear).]

5. A police informer.
[Australian slang.]

Today’s word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=fizgig

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1 Comment

  1. Boulder Dude

    Then of course there is:

    Fizzgig, A Friendly Monster

    From “Dark Crystal” 😀

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