Friday, December 11, 2009

Zugzwang

Zugzwang is a word with such an interesting sound that it ought to be onomatopoeia for something like "the sound an improperly tightened wound up spoke makes when it unwinds," or possibly "what happens when a pebble lodges in the knobs of your tire and then pings off your frame," or, "Ryan faceplanted just then, looks like he broke his zugzwang."

But from its actual meaning, it seems that it could be used to describe something like blasting down an unfamiliar street on skinny tires, dodging out to avoid a parked car with traffic just to your left, and seeing the sewer grate just before you hit it. Zugzwang. There's a little onomatopoeia in that. And if you are able to think fast and convert to reciprocal zugzwang, you just might keep rolling. Here's wishing that all your zugzwangs go reciprocal on this last day of the work week. Get up. Go ride.

7 comments:

  1. John woke up in an unfamiliar room wearing nothing but a thong after a long night of quaffing zugzwang and soda.

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  2. The VW Zugzwang has the highest safety rating in its class. Drive one today!

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  3. Have you been injured? The law firm of Zugzwang, Parker, and Finch specializes in cases just like yours. Call 1-800-ZUG-ZWNG. Remember, we don't get paid until you do.

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  4. Word verification. Please type in the following letters exactly as they appear:

    ZuGZwaNg

    (What's this?)

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  5. The doctor says I have cancer of the zugzwang, but it should be treatable with chemo.

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  6. From the society pages at the Podunk (IA) Star-Herald: Ashley Zugzwang, daughter of Arthur and Lydia Zugzwang, announced her engagement to Tad Thidwick, son of Bruno and Lacey Thidwick, of New Cottingham. The couple hopes for a short engagement, so the wedding can take place before Ashley starts showing.

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  7. Desiring to post a spunky retort to the cascade of comments, JR Alpha found himself in a non-reciprocal zugzwang, and conceded.

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