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Coffee Break: Songs in the spirit of “rizz”

Oxford University Press has named “rizz″ as its word of the year, highlighting the popularity of a term used by Generation Z to describe someone’s ability to attract or seduce another person.
Oxford University Press has named “rizz″ as its word of the year, highlighting the popularity of a term used by Generation Z to describe someone’s ability to attract or seduce another person.Image by Victoria from Pixabay

by Jill Riley

December 06, 2023

The Oxford University Press named “rizz” its word of the year for 2023. Likely derived from the middle syllable of the word “charisma,” the word “rizz” is often ironically employed to describe a person’s ability to be flirtatious or attractive. It can, however, be used in earnest when describing someone who is naturally charming in an easygoing way — a person with “unspoken rizz.” 

The fact that “rizz” is now enshrined as word of the year by the Oxford University Press may mean its days are numbered. But before it lands on the scrapheap of antiquated slang, let’s embrace it for today’s Coffee Break by featuring songs that convey rizz — be it W rizz (winning charisma), L rizz (losing flirtatiousness) or unspoken rizz (attractiveness that needs no label).

For today’s 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs in the spirit of “rizz” do you want to hear?


Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

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Songs Played
Prince - Kiss
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
Flight of the Conchords - The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)
Bruce Springsteen - Fire
Biz Markie - Just a Friend
Roxette - The Look