Well who hasn’t felt like a zombie at the end of a long work week. I usually get to work at 9:30 in the morning and catch my train home at about 9:40 at night so if you see me walking around looking like a zombie, don’t be surprised.
The fun thing about the word zombie is the way it’s written in the dictionary. Check out the usage note about it at the bottom of the entry.
zombie |ˈzämbē| noun
1 a corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, esp. in certain African and Caribbean religions.
• informal a person who is or appears lifeless, apathetic, or completely unresponsive to their surroundings.
• a computer controlled by another person without the owner’s knowledge and used for sending spam or other illegal or illicit activities.
2 a tall mixed drink consisting of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice.
early 19th cent.: of West African origin; compare with Kikongo zumbi ‘fetish.’
Zombies are everywhere—on movie screens, in books, and even invading our computers and banks. The Oxford English Corpus shows steadily increasing outbreaks of the undead over the last decade. Zombies have been a mainstay of horror films and popular culture since The Night of the Living Dead in 1968, but in the last few years some new forms of zombie have escaped from fiction into reality. First, there were the computers taken over by hackers and used to perform malicious tasks: a virus used to turn PCs into spam zombies. Then came zombie banks, insolvent institutions kept functioning only by government support. This use exploded in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007–09, with twenty times more examples in Corpus data for 2009 than for 2008.