By Matt Vicker
Yeah that’s right, ‘overzealousness’. The OED aptly defines it as “the quality of being overzealous; excessive zeal”. Don’t we all just have excessive zeal? I think I like the word because it has several parts. It derives from ‘zeal’, meaning to pursuit or long for someone/something. Then we have ‘zealous’, being the adjective form, the characteristic, if you will. To be ‘overzealous’ is to take that pursuit a bit too far – being a bit excessive. That then brings us back to ‘overzealousness’ which, as we know already is “the quality of being overzealous; excessive zeal”. Ultimately I just wanted to write a post about ‘overzealousness’ because it is really fun to say, with all the sibilance from the ‘s’s. Once you say it aloud once, you won’t stop! Overzealousness; overzealousness everywhere!
The OED entry for ‘overzealousness’: http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/259286?redirectedFrom=overzealousness#eid