What Does ZOT Mean in a Text?

ZOT means "Zero Tolerance." Zero tolerance is typically used to indicate that someone will not allow exceptions to a given rule. In common rule enforcement, a zero-tolerance policy tends to relate to organisational rules (e.g., airports with liquids, schools and uniform rules, most businesses in regards to harassment and discrimination). It is not a phrase commonly used in casual conversation.

ZOT also has additional meanings attached to it. In some online uses, it may refer to a sound much like a laser, or an action to "zap," kill, or destroy something. In the US, it may also refer to the sound an anteater makes or a lightning bolt.

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When I write ZOT, I mean this:

meaning of ZOT

ZOT policies are well-enforced.

Summary of Key Points

"Zero Tolerance" is the most common definition for ZOT on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Zero Tolerance
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Examples of ZOT in Sentences

Here are examples of ZOT being used in conversations:
  • Tony: There's a ZOT policy on harassment here.
  • Jordan: Of course, we will discipline them accordingly.
  • Tony: They're going to beat us!
  • Jordan: Don't worry, I'm going to ZOT them now!

An Academic Look at ZOT

ZOT is a syllabic abbreviation, which is an abbreviation formed from the initial syllables of multiple words (here, Zero and Tolerance). Another example of a syllabic abbreviation is Interpol (from International Police). This also makes ZOT a portmanteau word, as it is formed by merging the two words into one.

In the instances where ZOT represents a sound, it is an example of onomatopoeia. This means that the word is descriptive of the sound. (Other examples are "crack," "pop," and "splash.")

Example of ZOT Used in a Text


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