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Is this Yiddish in origin?--iFaqeer 02:30, 15 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Z diode[edit]

In 1956, I used Zilch to describe the 'Z' diode, which had a green band (as I recall it) used in computer circuits. As I recall, the 'Y' diode had a yellow band and a student asked what on earth the the Z stood for. I cannot recall where I heard Zilch used prior to that moment.--User:La Mirada Bob

RFV discussion: April 2014–February 2015[edit]

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Rfv-sense: adjective meaning nothing or zero. I'm not quite sure what the author is referring to here. I have found a cite for "since supposedly there are zilch feelings involved". Is this adjectival? Renard Migrant (talk) 12:04, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

I think the part of speech in your example should be determiner, but it seems to be mostly a noun. We seem to be all over the map in our treatment of this and synonyms such as bupkis, nada, nil, nothing and zip. I also think we're missing the humorous and emphatic overtones to the term in our treatment. Chuck Entz (talk) 14:00, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
The French Wiktionary has a head 'adjectif numéral' for cardinal numbers like 'one, two, three' which can describe a noun. Renard Migrant (talk) 10:13, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
RFV failed. Equinox 22:55, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

OED has it as an adj. — LlywelynII 04:47, 1 May 2018 (UTC)


Harper does not support the idea it definitively did not come from the German surname. He mentions its possible origin before Ballyhoo in "c. 1922 in U.S. college or theater slang" but provides no examples or source for the claim, which the OED hasn't heard about. — LlywelynII 04:47, 1 May 2018 (UTC)