|The Latin alphabet|
Z is the twenty-sixth (number 26) and last letter in the English alphabet. The small letter, z, is used as a lower case consonant. Z is not used much. It is the most rarely used letter in the English language. The same letter of the Greek alphabet is named zeta.
How it is said[change | change source]
The letter is said as either zed' // or zee. The first way of saying it comes from the Greek zeta. In American English, its name is zee //, because it comes from a late 17th century English speech.
Where it came from[change | change source]
Semitic[change | change source]
Greek[change | change source]
Etruscan[change | change source]
In Etruscan, Z may have been /ts/.
Latin[change | change source]
In the 1st century BC, Z was put in the alphabet again at the end of the Latin alphabet. This was done to accurately represent the sound of the Greek zeta. The letter Z appeared only in Greek words, and is the only letter besides Y that the Romans took from Greek.
Meanings for Z[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- One early use of "zee": Lye, Thomas (1969) [2nd ed., London, 1677]. A new spelling book, 1677. Menston, (Yorks.) Scolar P.. p. 24. . "Zee Za-cha-ry, Zion, zeal"
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