Thursday, April 30, 2015

A-to-Z Challenge: Z

This is it! Last day! We get through zoom and we’re out of here!

Zoom actually has a specific year that it showed up: 1886. It’s what’s known as an “echoic” word, which is basically when a word is made from the onomatopoeia of something, I guess in this case quickly closing in on something. Maybe? It’s not clear. It actually gained popularity because the first aviators used it (I guess if anyone zooms around it’s one of them). It wasn’t until 1936 that the zoom lens was invented, taking its name from what the aviators did.

And that’s it! I’m out! Later!



  1. That has to be one of the simplest ones of all!

  2. Zoom - what a great word to end with :) It always brings up mental images of running around the playground with a coat as a cape for me :D
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  3. And then it became part of annoying Mazda commercial...

  4. That is cool, I like the history behind zoom and the zoom lens. But now Alex got that zoom, zoom, zoom song stuck in my head!

  5. Aviators made zoom popular? I like that little fact. Congratulations on making it to Z! :)

  6. Very cool!!

    Congratulations on completing the A to Z blogging challenge!
    Don’t forget about the A to Z Reflections post coming up in May.

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires

  7. A good word to finish up with. Congratulations on finishing!

  8. Mazda is very grateful for this word, I am sure. :)

    Congrats on surviving the challenge! :)

  9. Hey, it's a new word, relatively speaking. Very much enjoyed your theme.

  10. Does that mean you're ready for your close-up?

  11. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    Welcome to "Z-day"! (Time to watch the iZombie television series?)
    Hope to see you at the after party. I'm looking forward to when the Reflections Linky List opens on Monday, May 4th.
    Learning about words. Awesome! Zoom on, my friend. I've followed you on GFC.
    -J @JLenniDorner

  12. Always fascinating when you have an exact date for when a word appeared.

  13. Very interesting with the echoic word; I didn't know all that :)

    I did learn a lot about words from reading your A/Z! Very informative and short :) A job well done!!! Congrats!!!


  14. Congrats on finishing the challenge. And cool post on the word zoom. I didn't know any of this. Haha, I learn something new everyday. :D

  15. Zoom sounds like a modern word. Interesting that it comes from the 1800s.

  16. Neat little story. I guess it's the sound a small plane would make. Congrats on a very informative Challenge!


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