|Interstate 15 near Baker, California. The road name on the I-15 sign in the Mojave Desert of California comes from the name of a tiny town that used to exist some miles south of the highway. The place had many names over the years, although the springs at the place were usually called Soda Springs. The place was established as Hancock Redoubt in 1860, was called Fort Soda (or Camp Soda) 1866-68, and Soda (Soda Springs) until 1944, when an eccentric set up a resort there with a bootleg radio station whose call letters were ZZYZX. The resort closed in 1974 but has been resurrected as the Soda Springs California Desert Studies Center. Zzyzx survives as the name of the road to the site. [Information provided in 2008 by Robert C. Berlo of Livermore, Calif. Photo (1999) by Alvin Brattli.] A web page about Zzyzx is here.|
Some of these words are the last words in a dictionary or other reference book. Some of these words do not appear in dictionaries. Dan Tilque, Philip Bennett, Stuart Kidd, James A. Landau, Jason Weill, and Charles Turner contributed to this page, which was last revised on Nov. 16, 2014.
|ZUZIM||a people||last proper name in the Bible, Genesis 14:5|
|ZSIGMONDY THEOREM||a mathematical theorem||CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics|
|ZWISCHENZUG||an "in-between move" in chess||The Chess Thinking Dictionary by Bruce Pandolfini|
|ZWODDER||a drowsy, stupid state of body or mind||English Dialect Dictionary|
|ZYGOMATIC||pertaining to a cavity in a bone of the temples like a yoke||A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language (1806)|
|ZYLKS||town in Louisiana||Street Atlas USA (last town name)|
|ZYMOSAN||an insoluble polysaccharide fraction of yeast cell walls||Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition|
|ZYMOTIC||fermentative or infectious||Worcester's School Dictionary (1883)|
|ZYMURGY||the study of fermentation||older MW Collegiate Dictionaries|
|ZYRIAN||a Uralic language||...|
|ZYTHUM||ancient Egyptian malt beer||Winston Dictionary (1942) and An American Dictionary of the English Language (1902)|
|ZYUGANOV, GENNADY||Russian politician||Grolier Encyclopedia (1997) last entry|
|ZYWIEC||city in Poland||Rand McNally International Atlas|
|ZYWNY||Polish violinist||Encyclopaedia Britannica (1977)|
|ZYWOCICE||village in SW Poland|
|ZYXIN||a protein associated with focal adhesions and lamellipodia in eucaryotic cells||...|
|ZYXNOID||any word which a crossword puzzle solver makes up to complete the last blank||Sniglets Dictionary|
|ZYXOMMA||a genus of dragonflies in the family Libellulidae|
|ZYXT||obsolete Kentish 2nd sing. ind. pres. of see||Oxford English Dictionary, first edition|
|ZYYI||town in Cyprus||National Geographic Atlas of the World, rev. 6th ed.|
|ZYZMA||river in Belarus||Rand McNally New International Atlas|
|ZYZOMYS||a genus of rodents||Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia (entire text)|
|ZYZYN||variant of Cieszyn||The New Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia (1951)|
|ZYZZA||a genus of leafhoppers||...|
|ZYZZLE||variant of zizzle, sizzle||Funk & Wagnalls Practical Standard Dictionary (1935)|
|ZYZZOGETON||a South American leaf hopper||Webster's Third New International Dictionary and Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition|
|ZYZZYVA||a South American weevil||American Heritage Dictionary|
|ZYZZYX||a genus of wasps||...|
|ZYZZYXDONTA||a snail with characters the extreme opposite of Aaadonta||...|
|ZYZZYZUS||a genus of coelenterates||...|
|ZZ||zigzag or zigzag approach||Info Please On-Line Dictionary|
|ZZ.||abbreviation for ginger||Info Please On-Line Dictionary|
|Z-ZERO||a hypothetical elementary particle||...|
|ZZ GENOTYPE||a deficiency of alpha1-antitrypsin||Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary|
|ZZT||an ASCII based computer game created in 1991 by Tim Sweeney||Wikipedia|
|ZZT-oop||possibly the first in-game scripting language ever written||Wikipedia|
|ZZYZX||a road intersecting Interstate 15 near Baker, California||Street Atlas USA|
|ZZYZXENSIS||part of Apolysis zzyzxensis, a bombyliid fly (named for the Desert Studies Area on Zzyzx Road)||...|
|ZZZ||used to represent the sound of snoring||The Random House College Dictionary, Cambridge International Dictionary of English, Encarta World English Dictionary, North American Edition|
|ZZZQUIL||an over-the-counter sleep aid||zzzquil.com|
|ZZZZZ||title of an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show, which first aired on 27 January 1964||apparently the last entry alphabetically in Wikipedia, checked on Nov. 27, 2006|
According to Jackie Hyman, the last four words of Noah Webster were ZYMOGEN, ZYMOGRAM, ZYMOSAN, ZYZZLEGETTEM.
In the entry for grok, the Oxford English Dictionary has the following quotation from the Mar. 15, 1969, New Yorker: "I was thinking we ought to get together somewhere, Mr. Zzyzbyzynsky, and grok about our problems."
Under the main entry for Z in the OED2, there are the following sub-entries: zzp, Zzzz, Zzzzed, Zzzt, Zzzzzz, Zzzzzzz, ZZZZZZZZZ.
According to a book on the history of the Burlington Railroad, in the early 1930's the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad (now part of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad) was developing something new: a Diesel-powered streamliner. At one meeting between the President of the CB&Q and his top brass, the question arose: What do we name this new streamliner? One of the executives present said that he was curious as to what was the final word in the dictionary, as he would like to refer to the new train as "the last word" in transportation. The President called for a dictionary and found the final entry was for "zymurgy". However, in looking through the "z" entries, someone found the entry "Zephyr" and that is how the famous Burlington Zephyrs got their name.
The OED2 has ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ (42 letters, a representation of snoring) in a citation at 'Z'; however this "word" does not appear in the OED2 as a vocabulary entry.
In The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Jim, the gentleman caller says, "Knowledge--Zzzzzp! Money --Zzzzzp! Power! That's the cycle democracy is built on!"
In The Tunnel by William H Gass, ZZZZ is the sound a zipper makes: "Zzzz, he says the zipper goes."
In the on-line "Philosophy of Mind" Dictionary, ZZZZ is jocularly quoted as meaning "The mental state most often encountered by undergrads in philosophy of mind courses."
According to the Strange & Unusual Dictionaries web site: ZRP is the sound of an android or robot malfunctioning, as in The Metallic Touch; ZZYXX is an AudioAnimatronic figure originally built to serve as a customs inspector in Tokyo Disneyland's "Star Tours" attraction; and ZZZTT is the sound made by an electronic field, as in the comic book Electric Fear.
The Music-Lovers Encyclopedia by Rupert Hughes (all editions from 1914 to 1956) has this entry: "zzxjoanw (shaw) Maori. 1. Drum. 2. Fife. 3. Conclusion." According to Philip Cohen in Word Ways (Nov. 1976), there are several problems with this entry, notably the fact that it's an impossible Maori word, both in spelling and pronunciation. Cohen suspects that Hughes made up the word as a joke. In his book, Earth, David Brin has a Maori character playing a zzxjoanw. Asked about this, Brin said that he'd gotten the word from Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary. Anne Woodley, who is from New Zealand, agrees that ZZXJOANW is not a Maori word. She writes, "There are no Z, X or J in the Maori language - also the the phonetics aren't right for the Maori, or indeed any Pacific Island language, all of which come from the same family."
The last word in Czech dictionaries is ŽŽONKA (a Russian drink distilled from cognac or rum with sugar, lemon or other fruits and spice). Ž is the final letter in the Czech alphabet, following the letter Z [Jan Pulkrábek].
In the Manhattan white pages, the last name for many years was Budd Zzzyp. In Smile for the Camera b Kelle James he is quoted, “Budd Zzzyp’s the last number in the phone book. If somebody needs my number and they don’t have a pen, I say it’s easy to find, I’m the last number in the book.” [Ken Shaw]