Paul Johnston paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Fri May 5 06:21:52 UTC 2006

"Za" as an abbreviation for pizza is fine Ann Arbor-speak, vintage 1970.  We
often said things like, "Hey man, wanna cop a za?" back when Domino's was
ours and ours alone in Ann Arbor (for better or worse).  Haven't heard it
since then, though things of this kind tend to be re-created over time.

Paul Johnston
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From: "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 8:19 AM
Subject: "Za"

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> Heard as an abbreviation of "pizza." Google: 579,000,000 hits,
> primarily as the Dutch/Afrikaans abbreviation for "Zuid-Afrika"
> =3D "South Africa."
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