Metrosexual Term

Fandango picked an odd one today for his Word of the Day challenge and from what I read “Zhuzh” has an interesting meaning.  This word can also be spelled as zhuzh, or zhoosh, jeuje, or even tzhuj and its meaning is to improve your appearance by making a slight adjustment, or by adding that extra something to almost anything.  This word was invented by fashion expert Carson Kressley from the show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which I admit that I never watched.  I have gone to the nail salon to bend and reach that far to get my toenails trimmed, mostly because it is easier for the ladies to cut them then for me trying to do it myself.  I have also done some manscaping at the request of my girlfriend, as grooming is vital for certain activities (I know, way too much information), but I don’t consider myself to be a metrosexual.  I don’t think that my girlfriend was trying to zhuzh me up, but I didn’t have a problem doing some light trimming and I guess this could be considered to be a slight improvement or adjustment.

A metrosexual can be a heterosexual, gay or a bisexual man, but this term is normally used for a straight male who possesses qualities of a gay male without being attracted to men.  This type of man would pay a lot of attention to his personal appearance and try to cultivate an upscale lifestyle and he would probably even be good at decorating and matching colors.  I like to be clean and neat, but I am not very interested in fashion.  I don’t have any jewelry, I don’t drink wine, and I don’t use any fancy cosmetics.  Heck, I don’t even comb my hair, what little I have left.  Zhuzh sounds a lot like an onomatopoetic word, like whoosh or zoom, suggesting movement, or perhaps the ruffling sound that is made by running fingers through your hair or a sound made on a fabric, like fluffing up a pillow, but it could be any number of things and I learned a new word today.

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Zhuzh.

13 thoughts on “Metrosexual Term

  1. A new one for me as well! I dated a metrosexual and he was really annoying, constantly criticizing my hair, purse, etc. I mean, it’s nice when a man notices things, but only to give compliments, lol

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  2. You’re right, Jim, it is an unusual word, but I hear it a lot on HGTV when an interior designer says something like, “We really need to zhuzh this room up,” or “All this place needs is a little zhuzhing.”

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  3. I’ve never watched the show either. You would have thought he would have come up with a better word than that though. I don’t pay too much attention to my appearance as I used too but I’m not yet in the cardigan and slippers brigade. 🙂

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  4. Yep…I’ve know some that dress better than women…they are neater anyway. I would never be mistaken for that…I like a little sloppy…it’s the rock and roll in me.

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      1. Yea…when I had more hair…it was much like Bob Dylans in the 60s…that just woke up look. Yea if I need to dress right I do.

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