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-zilla is an English slang suffix, a back-formation derived from the English name of the Japanese movie monster Godzilla. 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.
The use of the suffix was contested by Toho, owners of the trademark Godzilla, in a lawsuit against the website Davezilla and also against Sears for their mark Bagzilla. 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.
List of items ending in -zillaEdit
Some uses of the suffix -zilla include:
Businesses and productsEdit
- AmiZilla, an Amiga port of Mozilla Firefox
- Chipzilla, a humorous epithet for the Intel Corporation
- Clonezilla, an open source disk cloning software
- FileZilla, an FTP program
- Go!Zilla, a download manager program
- Healthzilla, an AI driven health app for iOS
- Mozilla, a group of Internet-related programs created by the Mozilla Foundation, also name of the group's widely known web browser
- Bugzilla, open source bug tracking software, with a web-based interface.
- ChatZilla, an Internet Relay Chat program
- Mozilla Application Suite
- Hubzilla, an open source social network, part of Fediverse
- Newszilla, the Usenet server of the Dutch internet provider XS4ALL
- Podzilla, an open source user interface for the IPodLinux project, which allows for alternative functionality of Apple Computer's iPod
- Quizilla, an online personality quiz website, which contains its own "Zillapedia"
- RevZilla.com, an online motorcycle gear retailer
- Shopzilla, a comparison-shopping search engine, formerly BizRate.com
- Bongzilla, a rock band from Madison, Wisconsin
- Bridezillas, a reality show which airs on the WE: Women's Entertainment network
- Bridezilla (band), an Australian indie rock band
- Bridezilla (EP), a recording by the band Bridezilla
- "Bootzilla", a song recorded by Bootsy's Rubber Band
- Broadzilla, a rock band from Detroit, Michigan
- Davezilla, a humor website
- Godzilla (1954 film), the film from which the -zilla suffix originates
- 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
- 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.
- promzilla, a teenage girl who is obsessed with preparing for her prom and ensuring it turns out the way she envisions.
- 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 wordsEdit
- Chrysti M. Smith. Verbivore's Feast: Second Course: More Word & Phrase Origins.
- William Tsutsui. "Godzilla and Postwar Japan Lunch Keynote". Address 2004 National Meeting Asian Studies.
- "IRC in Mozilla, aka ChatZilla". mozilla.org. Mozilla Organization. May 18, 2000. Archived from the original on August 15, 2000. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
- "Godzilla vs. the blog thing". CNET.com.
- Philip Summa. "New Test for Trademark Dilution - Why North Carolina Should Adopt Section 12 of the Model State Trademark". Campbell L. Rev. 5.
- "ZILLA - Trademark Details". Justia Trademarks. Retrieved May 8, 2013.