-zilla

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Short description: English language suffix

-zilla is an English slang suffix, a back-formation derived from the English name of the Japanese movie monster Godzilla.[1][2] It is popular for the names of software and websites. It is also found often in popular culture to imply some form of excess, denoting the monster-like qualities of Godzilla.

This trend has been observed since the popularization of the Mozilla Project, which itself included the Internet Relay Chat client ChatZilla.[3]

The use of the suffix was contested by Toho, owners of the trademark Godzilla, in a lawsuit against the website Davezilla[4] and also against Sears for their mark Bagzilla.[5] Toho has since trademarked the word "Zilla" and retroactively used it as an official name for the "Godzilla In Name Only" creature from the 1998 Roland Emmerich film.[6]

List of items ending in -zilla

Some uses of the suffix -zilla include:

Businesses and products

Entertainment

  • Bongzilla, a rock band from Madison, Wisconsin
  • "Bootzilla", a song recorded by Bootsy's Rubber Band
  • Bridezilla (band), an Australian indie rock band
    • Bridezilla (EP), a recording by the band Bridezilla
  • Bridezillas, a reality show which airs on the WE: Women's Entertainment network
  • Broadzilla, a rock band from Detroit, Michigan
  • Davezilla, a humor website
  • Godzilla (1954 film), the film from which the -zilla suffix originates
    • Zilla, a fictional character originally known as Godzilla, from the 1998 American Godzilla film
  • Illzilla, an Australian hip hop group featuring live instruments
  • Popzilla, an animated TV series in production for MTV
  • Rapzilla, a Christian hip hop online magazine
  • Tekzilla, a weekly video podcast on the Revision3 network

Miscellaneous

  • axizilla, a heavy form of axion in an extension of the Standard Model.
  • bitchzilla, a severely disagreeable or aggressive woman.
  • couplezilla, a couple who, in the course of planning their wedding, display difficult, selfish, narcissistic behavior relating to the event.
  • cuntzilla, a term of abuse for a severely disagreeable or aggressive woman.
  • Fedzilla, the federal government regarded as a rapacious monster with an appetite for political power, money, etc.
  • groomzilla, a demanding and perfectionist groom (man who is to be married).
  • Hogzilla, a large male wild hog hybrid that was stabbed and killed in 2004 in Georgia, United States.
  • momzilla, a controlling or over-involved mother.
  • Pigzilla, another large feral pig or possible hoax shot in 2007 in Alabama, United States.
  • Upazila, administrative division for districts in Bangladesh.
  • Calabazilla, a plant known as it by its name Cucurbita foetidissima.
  • promzilla, a teenage girl who is obsessed with preparing for her prom and ensuring it turns out the way she envisions.
  • Snowzilla (disambiguation)
  • weddingzilla, a person overly concerned with ensuring that a wedding goes exactly as they envision it.
  • wimpzilla, a theoretical superheavy dark matter particle, trillions of times more massive than other proposed types of dark matter.

For derived words

  • -zilla (explaining the suffix in English Wiktionary)

References