Z is pronounced as zed or Zee. It is the final letter (26th) in the basic modern Latin alphabet.
In American English”Z” is pronounced as Zee. But in most accents of English the name of the letter is Zed. Its Pronunciation is derived from the Greek zeta.
The following table shows how this letter (Z) is pronounced in various languages.
|Dutch, Polish, Romanian, Czech||Zet|
|Norwegian , German||zett|
Even “Z” is pronounced in several ways, English Zee and Zed are more very common forms.
Initially English alphabets were end up with “&” not with “Z”. Authors Adam Bede, George Eliot in one of their novels published in 1859 have stated as Z being followed by &. In International Phonetic Alphabet “Z” is used especially for the voiced alveolar sibilant.
The Greek representation of “Z” is closely related to Phoenician symbol “I”. The Greeks used to call it as “Zeta” which is derived from eta (η) & theta (θ).In earlier times in Northwest Greece & in Athens this letter was represented as /dz/. In Elean and Cretan accents this symbol is used for a sound that resembles the English voiced & unvoiced th .As a whole what we are using now /z/ is derived from the symbol ζ.
In Etruscan, the letter “Z” may be represented as /ts/.
In Semitic symbol set zayin was the seventh letter which means “weapon”. Just as in English& French it represented “Z”.
In Old Latin /z/ (consonant) is developed into /r/. From the time being the symbol created for /z/ became outdated. So it was simply removed from the set of alphabet and the letter “G” was introduced in that place. This updation was made around 300 BC.
Z was re-introduced again in the 1st century. This time it was added at the end of the Latin alphabet. Initially” Z “was appeared only in Greek words .later Romans adopted “Z” from the Greek.
In earlier stages in the beginning zeta was transcribed as s and in the middle it was transcribed as ss.
In German Z denotes the phoneme /ts/. In Italian it represents /ts/ and /dz/.
In Spanish Z denotes /θ/ (from English representation just like th in everything)
In old English S was used for both voiced and unvoiced sibilant. The Latin phoneme imported via French was not usually written in the combination of Z with G. but it was used with /.the continuous changes can be observed from the same originals. Example: jealous & zealous. These two words were derived from the Greek the Greek word zêlos .When “z” is used at the final word, it will be pronounced as ts. In some words Z denotes /ʒ/ like azure in English .Z also sounds like si or su in some words. (Example: Pleasure).
As far as Finnish is concerned “Z” is pronounced as /ts/.formally [z] is pronounced just like Azeri but in day to day life [z] is pronounced as /s/.
In Japanese Z is represents a sound which includes [z] and [dz].
In Polish there are nearly seven officially recognized digraphs and [z] serves as one of them. It is stands as the most frequently used consonant in Polish.
In 1973, the letter z was replaced with the letter s in Icelandic language.
The following table specifies value of “Z” in some character Encodings
Character Latin Latin
Encoding capital letter Z small letter Z
Decimal hex Decimal hex
Unicode 90 005A 122 007A
ASCII 90 5A 122 7A
UTF-8 90 5A 122 7A
EBCDIC 233 E9 169 A9
Frequency of z among all other alphabets is 0.074%. Z is the least used word in English.
What Does “Z” Stand for in various fields?
Z – Stands for zodiac
Zodiac is a circular diagram representing the 12 zodiacal constellations and showing their signs.
Z -denotes the measure Zentner (German 50kg)
Since the sound of “Z” Generally represents snoring,”Z” is used to denote the act of sleeping.
Z denotes number of protons in nucleus (Physics)
Z-denotes Set of Integers.