Teenage slang "schiznick/shiz" (= great, cool)--Query

Gerald Cohen gcohen at UMR.EDU
Wed Feb 4 02:16:10 UTC 2004

A former student just sent me an e-mail about a new teenage-slang
term I had never heard of. Is anyone else familiar with it? Might
anyone know its etymology?

     Excerpts of her message appear below my signoff.

Gerald Cohen

[message I received from a former student]:
>...I thought you might want to know a new word I've been hearing
>from my four teenagers and their friends. See if it's original or
>means something else or has just been out there all along and we
>didn't know it. I don't know the spelling but I'll try. It's
>scheznick, maybe schiznic or something like that. Then it's just
>shiz for short. It's pronounced like schiz/nick. This word means
>something like great-cool-fantastic. ...  Anyway they use it when
>describing a teacher they like or when something they have done was
>really fun. "Hey Mom, do you know Mr. Smith? He's the schiz". I have
>heard it so much I thought you might already know about it. ...

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