zot

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A sound effect. Popularized by the Usenet Oracle, a humorous Internet advice service, where the word was used as an irritated dismissal of a question.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Verb[edit]

zot (third-person singular simple present zots, present participle zotting, simple past and past participle zotted)

  1. (slang, transitive) To zap, kill, or destroy.
    • 1980, Kit Reed, Magic time:
      I reached for the handle and it zotted me — an electric shock to the elbow.
    • 1997, "Matt Lepinski", Zotting (on Internet newsgroup rec.humor.oracle.d)
      I've heard rumors about the oracle zotting people and I have these questions about zot?
    • 1997, "Terry Moore", COPS PUT LIVES ON LINE? (on Internet newsgroup austin.general)
      When a taxi driver, convenience store clerk, pizza deliverer, etc., gets zotted, it is on the back page of the local newspaper and not in out of town newspapers at all.
    • 1998, "RosieDawg", watergardening and dogs and Rosie's new toy, OT-ish (on Internet newsgroup rec.ponds)
      electric fence - zotting me was fine (well really!) but they were worried about zotting the several dozen human puppies that hang around at our house.

Etymology 2[edit]

Sound effect in the comic strip B.C., first published in 1958, associated with both (1) the rapid tongue of an anteater character and (2) lightning bolts.

Noun[edit]

zot (plural zots)

  1. (US, slang) An anteater.

Interjection[edit]

zot

  1. (US) The characteristic sound made by an anteater's tongue or by lightning.

Usage notes[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zot (plural zots)

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (US, slang) A unit of available resources available to a development team.
    • 2020, "AskAGameDev/Tumblr", We aren't spending 100 of our zots on a feature that will only be used by 25% of the audience (on Internet newsgroup AskAGameDev/Tumblr)

Etymology 4[edit]

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Particularly: “From Dutch zot or Afrikaans sot?”

Noun[edit]

zot (plural zots)

  1. (South Africa, Zimbabwe, ethnic slur, offensive, derogatory) A black person.
    • 2000 April 9, Squirrel, “SA Silence on Mugabe's actions”, in soc.culture.south-africa, Usenet[3]:
      Regretfully there is nothing that can be done about things .. just a time bomb ticking, ticking, ticking .. until one day soon, the zots will decide to take a property here, and a property there (they have after all started with vacant land and been successful), so why not progress to property?
    • 2000 October 29, Nude Raider, “Here are the facts...”, in soc.culture.south-africa, Usenet[4]:
      (SA) ¶ The government has TACITLY condoned the actions of the zots by allowing them to continue their illegal occupation.
      (Zimbabwe) ¶ The government condoned the illegal activities and progressed to the point where they were actively supporting it.
    • 2002 July 5, Alistair, “Re: Tobacco barn and other assets- disassembly instructions”, in soc.culture.zimbabwe, Usenet[5]:
      The zots will destroy the barns, the homesteads, the tractors, everything - reducing them to their component parts without the aid of explosives.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:person of color

Albanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zot m (indefinite plural zotër, definite singular zoti, definite plural zotërit)

  1. master, headman
  2. boss, head
  3. (religion) Lord, God
  4. sir, mister
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Noun[edit]

zot m (indefinite plural zotë, definite singular zoti, definite plural zotët)

  1. landowner, owner of a wealthy estate
  2. lord, head of a wealthy family with servants
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fialuur i voghel Sccyp e ltinisct (Small Dictionary of Albanian and Latin), page 151, by P. Jak Junkut, 1895, Sckoder
  2. ^ Demiraj, Bardhyl (1997) Albanische Etymologien: Untersuchungen zum albanischen Erbwortschatz [Albanian Etymologies: Investigations into the Albanian Inherited Lexicon] (Leiden Studies in Indo-European; 7)‎[1] (in German), Amsterdam, Atlanta: Rodopi, page 431-2
  3. ^ Mann, Stuart E. (1977) An Albanian Historical Grammar[2], Hamburg: Helmut Buske Verlag, →ISBN, page 72

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch sot, a borrowing from Old French sot, from Medieval Latin sottus, of unknown origin. Compare Old English sott (foolish, stupid), English sot, modern French sot.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

zot (comparative zotter, superlative zotst)

  1. crazy
  2. mad

Usage notes[edit]

Mainly Brabantian, dialectal in Hollandic.

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of zot
uninflected zot
inflected zotte
comparative zotter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial zot zotter het zotst
het zotste
indefinite m./f. sing. zotte zottere zotste
n. sing. zot zotter zotste
plural zotte zottere zotste
definite zotte zottere zotste
partitive zots zotters

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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: sot

Noun[edit]

zot m (plural zotten, diminutive zotje n)

  1. A fool.

Usage notes[edit]

Same as above.

Descendants[edit]


Mauritian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French les autres (the other guys).

In French, the plural word autres is commonly preceded by a word, such as aux, les or mes, whose final s or x is not pronounced except in front of vowels, where it is pronounced /z/. As a result, autres was reanalyzed as having /z/ at the beginning.

Pronoun[edit]

zot

  1. you, y'all (second-person plural personal pronoun)
  2. they, them (third-person plural personal pronoun)

Usage notes[edit]

When usage might be ambiguous, zot is reserved for second-person plural and bann-la is used instead for third-person plural.

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