Saturday, July 18, 2009

Nozzle and Nuzzle

The words nozzle and nuzzle both come from nazen (German for nose). This makes sense as nuzzling is snuggling with the nose. The nozzle, like a nose, expels substances with force.

1 comment:

  1. I believe the derivation is actually Yiddish (an off shoot of german) from the yiddish phrase nazen de bubbe a term of affection which means a grandmother snuggling or rocking a baby or to hold a loved one close.
    source: The Reformed Jews Guide to Yiddish Words and Phrases.