Another Possible Antedating of "Pizzazz"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jun 24 01:42:46 UTC 2013

Also of interest as a possible antedating of "pizzazz" (OED 1937) is the fact that the Boston Herald, July 21, 1936, page 14 (Genealogy Bank) has a listing of yacht regatta results from the Camden, Maine Yacht Club, in which the seventh-place finisher is listed as "Pezzazz II, William Taylor."  Although the spelling is slightly different, semantically this seems plausible as being the same word as the later usage.

Fred Shapiro

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