The letter z—used in var fig phrr, as:
a A and izzard: The beginning and end, the epitome of (something).
b from A to izzard: From beginning to end; thoroughly; in every detail.
- [1839 (1969) Briggs Advent. Franco 1.4 eNY, She read the dictionary through from A to izzard.]
- 1888 Harper’s New Mth. Mag. 76.783 eKS, [He] knows “from a to izzard” every detail of a soldier’s needs.
- 1899 (1912) Green VA Folk-Speech 242, “From a to izzard.” From beginning to end; from first to last.
- 1907 Mulford Bar-20 137 West, One man who don’t know nothin’ about prospectin’ goes an’ stumbles over a fortune an’ those who know it from A to Izzard goes ’round pullin’ in their belts.
- 1908 DN 3.313 eAL, wGA, I know this town from A to izzard.
- 1949 PADS 11.3 wTX, “He knows the Bible from A to izzard.” Rare. Old-fashioned.
- 1952 Brown NC Folkl. 1.554 c, eNC.
- c1960 Wilson Coll. csKY, He told me everything about his family, from a to izzard.
- 1966–68 DARE Tape
- 1968 DARE
- (QR p189) Inf
- CA59, Read him the riot act from A to izzard.
c know (or learn) A from izzard: To know (or learn) the most rudimentary thing.