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My New Favorite Word…

It says so much more than its five letters would lead you to believe…

According to Merriam-Webster “zesty” made it’s debut in 1868 and means “appealingly piquant” (“Appealingly piquant” is the new “fierce”).  Zesty is vibrant, expressive and it’s back bitches!  The word has made a resurgence as a popular slang term.  Thus, UrbanDictionary.com describes “zesty” as:

“fun, active and sexy”  “an energetic outlook on life” “good clean fun”

Yeah baby!  I’m zesty!

If that doesn’t make you want to roll the word around your tongue a couple of times, then dig this quote from the classic film The Big Lebowski:

Maude:  “It’s a male myth about feminists that we hate sex. It can be a natural, zesty enterprise.”

Zesty sex too?  Yeah!

Of course, words (like their creators) have dark, controversial sides.  Zesty has another slang meaning that some may find offensive:

“a man who looks and dresses like he could be gay or homosexual — suspiciously effeminate”

Example:  “Zack Ephron is cute, and he may have been “dating” the beautiful Vanessa Hudgens, but he’s a bit too zesty for my taste.”

Like I said, my new, favorite word.  And for those of you who are older than the internet, below is a classic commercial for Zest soap starring Roger Clemens of all people (because you’re not fully clean unless you’re zestfully clean!).

Google Translates Latin

It may be a dead language, but Google is bringing Latin back.  Google announced the addition of Latin ti Google Translates (now the 58th language in its growing list of languages the search engine translates in one-click).

According to a company spokesperson, the addition of Latin to Google Translates will be more beneficial to American students who take the National Latin Exam every year (over 100,000) language scholars.  Says Google’s spokeperson:

“As with every language, machine translating to and from Latin is a difficult problem and we know that our grasp of the ablative absolute or use of the subjunctive may occasionally be off.  However, unlike any of the other languages Google Translate supports, Latin offers a unique advantage: most of the text that will ever be written in Latin has already been written, and a comparatively large part of it has been translated into other languages.”

If anyone can ressurect a dead language, it’s Google.  Test the new Latin translation at Google Translates here.

Ego tamen, homo.