We know it as the go-to word in Words with Friends. It is especially lucrative if you can play it simultaneously both horizontally and vertically, and if on a triple letter, can be worth 62 points.
If you ever bothered to look it up in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, you would see that the definition of "za" is "pizza". Now, I didn't know that slang shortened and altered Americanisms were acceptable words, but hey, I don't make up the scrabble rules.
To be official, it is apparently also both the 11th and the 17th letters of the Arabic alphabet.
Most importantly, it is where I had the most delicious Mother's Day lunch pizza, at Za on Hyde Street, Russian Hill, with views of the cable car passing by periodically.
While still closed, there was a gate across the front with "ZA" painted on the grating. Once open, the neon sign, and the smells of freshly-baked pizza, welcomed one inside the tiny little locally place with the friendliest pizza staff I have ever encountered. Well, there was that nice Venetian boy who smilingly served up a slice of pizza from a window where it had to be about 1000 degrees inside on a hot Venetian night.
But I digress...
"Za" is the subject of my AnnaLift this week.