Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Tue Sep 23 13:43:44 UTC 2003

This is pronounced "yo (as in yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum) + "ee" as
in "peek")? That's all I can get out of [jooj], allthough the "oo"
(in place of [o:] adds even more mystery.

If [j] equals the "j" of "judge" and "oo" equals the "oo" of "moose,"
I might get "jooj" (is that right?), but why the brackets?


And all along I thought it would be zhuzh...

For those of you who have been watching/citing Queer Eye For The Straight

The official spelling according to the Bravo website:

In Case You Were Wondering
TJUZS: [jooj] verb
Technical term used in regards to personal
fashion. To tweak, to arrange, to place, as in
pushing sleeves up the forearm or stretching out
a collar on a knit shirt to make it look worn and
less "out of the box."


This needs to be nominated in some category or other for next January's

Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic,
      Asian & African Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
e-mail: preston at
phone: (517) 432-3099

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