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According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, what show-biz term derives from the sound of a race-car engine and denotes "flamboyant energy"?




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Answer: pizazz

That which has energy and sparkle has pizazz.

[Mootguy: All other sources that I have checked (e.g., Online Etymological Dictionary, Merriam-Webster's, and the American Heritage Dictionary give this etymology as being unknown.]

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