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 forsoap starring Roger Clemens of all people (because you’re not fully clean unless you’re zestfully clean!).
- Classic Slang Terms for Nerds and Geeks (todayifoundout.com)
- Zesty and Fresh: 5 Ways to Use Ponzu Sauce (thekitchn.com)