zyzzyva- The New English Last Word

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Oxford English Dictionary Identified more than 600 words, phrases and senses that have entered common parlance, this is the latest update.


One of the words included is “zyzzyva” which you can find in the last word in the dictionary.

“zyzzyva” – a genus of tropical weevils native to South America. The word replaces zythum. Zythum is an ancient Egyptian malt beer – the final entry of OED’s.

The name was apparently coined by the US entomologist Thomas Lincoln Casey, who described it in a 1922 work. OED said.

Some of the words and phrases included:

  • “post-truth”
  • “Brexit”
  • “thing”
  • “forced error”
  • “chip and charge”
  • “career slam”
  • “hygge”

LONDON – Eating a tasty meal with chana dal or doenjang washed down with a gin daisy could well foster a nice feeling of hygge. Just hope you don’t find any zyzzyva on your plate.


All of these words now has an unofficial custodian entry of the English language Dictionary.