|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 lowercase 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]
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]
- In cartoons, Z means the sound of sleeping or snoring, like in "ZZZzzzz...".
- In particle physics, Z stands for the Z boson.
- In chemistry, Z stands for the atomic number.
References[change | change source]
|The Simple English Wiktionary has a definition for: z.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Z.|