Thursday, November 10, 2005

That's what we call a zinger!

zinger informal noun Yost got us with a few good zingers. Also known as a quip, joke, criticism, dig or poke, zinger (or Zing! for short) is a great word.

Here, for example, is a zinger. This is from a review by Charles McGrath of "My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student," by Rebekah Nathan:
For a layperson, it's hard to understand the fuss, because "My Freshman Year" is a surprisingly bland book, encumbered by a lot of handwringing over niceties of procedure. It says next to nothing, for example, about sex and drinking among college students, which is a little like writing about the Tongan Islanders (Ms. Small's academic specialty) and neglecting to mention that they hunt and gather. [Zing!]

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i could think of several zingers in response to this meaningless post, but i'll refrain

archduke f. f. said...

Zuh-ing

xtrachromosomeconservative said...

Self Indulgent.

xtrachromosomeconservative said...

And what is this obsession with zingers. This has to be the third post of yours where your fancy with this term has been the central theme.

Ilya said...

Boy, tough crowd today.