The Sanas and Teas (heat) of Fizz, Fizzle, and Sizzle
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More notes on the Irish and Gaelic word Teas (pron. jass or chass) meaning
The Sanas of Fizz, Fizzle, and Sizzle.
When something fizzes or fizzles it loses its Teas (pron. jass or chass) or
Heat, Highest Temperature, Excitement, and High Spirit. The Oxford Dictionary
’s Fizz is imitative and its fizzle is literally a silent fart.
Fizz, fiz, make a hissing sound, as of effervescence; 17th century;
imitative, compare fizzle. Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, p. 359.
Fizzle, break wind silently 16th C.; (orig. from US) come to a lame
conclusion, 18th C.; from fizz (but this is recorded later) + LE, cf. fist. (ODEE, p.
The Barnhart Etymological Dictionary also opts for the fizz of the silent
fart, but with a little Middle English imitation.
Fizz v. 1655, move with a hiss or a sputter; imitative of the sound, and
perhaps related to fizzle. –n. 1812, a hissing or sputtering sound, from the
verb. Barnhart, p. 386.
Barnhart's fizzle is an old fart and an ancient fist.
Fizzle v. About 1532, to break wind without noise, probably an alteration of
obsolete fist (Middle Eng., break wind, 1440) + le, frequentative suffix.
The meaning of make a hissing sound or sputtering is first recorded in
1859...in American English.... Barnhart, p. 386.
The Irish and Gaelic Sanas of Fizz, Fizzle and Sizzle
Like a verbal star, fizz and fizzle are perpetually losing their Teas (pron.
chass or jass), or heat, excitement, ardor, and high spirit.
Fé theas, fa theas ( pron. fay has; the aspirated T is silent)
Less than highest heat, warmth, passion, ardor, and excitement
Fé, Fá, faoi : less than, under (in all senses), low.
Teas (aspirated to Theas, pron. has). heat, hotness, warmth, degree of
hotness, high temperature, passion, excitement, ardor, fever. Hottest, highest
The Gaelic Phrase Fizzle Fizzes Forever..
Fé theas uile (fay has ila)
Less than all heat, vigor, passion, ardor, or excitement.
Fé, Fá, faoi : less than, under (in all senses), low
Teas, aspirated to Theas, still means heat, hotness, warmth, degree of
hotness, high temperature, passion, excitement, ardor, high spirits. Hottest,
Uile: all, wholly.
Fizzles’s hot jazzy cousin is Sizzle.
With sizzle the Barnhart again opts for "imitative." But of course it is a
pure English imitation.
Sizzle...to make a hissing sound as fat does when frying. 1603, to burn or
scorch so as to produce a hissing sound; perhaps a frequentative verb form of
Middle English sissen make a hissing sound, buzz (before 1300), of imitative
origin. The sense of making a hissing sound when frying is first recorded. in
English before 1825. –n. 1823, in Edward Moor’s Suffolk Words and Phrases;
from the verb. Barnhart p. 1913
The Irish and Gaelic Sizzle holds at its core the perpetual heat, passion,
excitement, and ardor of Teas (jazz or chass.)
Sa theas uile (pron. sa has ila ; T is aspirated)
In a state of all heat, highest temperature, excitement, passion, ardor.
Sa: In ( a state or condition of)
Theas (pron. has): heat, vigor, passion, ardor, or excitement. .
Uile: all, whole.
The Sizzle of Teas (pron. chass, jass) holds the spirit of jazz (teas, heat)
and gives off heat even when it fizzles. On the other hand when you easy
fry chicken in New Orleans you don't sizzle it, you fricasee (friocadh samh)
the boid (bird.)
Friocadh (pron fricah): frying
Sa/mh (pron saah), easy.
Friocadh sa/mh (pron. Fricah saah)
Easy frying. .
The Irish Studies Program
New College of California
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