Decoding the letter Z

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z

zoo /zuː/

The letter Z, lower case z (pronounced /zed/BrE or /ziː/AmE) very reliably represents the sound /z/. For examples see IPA phoneme /z/.

Exceptionally "z" can have other sounds.

  • azure /ˈæʒʊə/ - Czech /tʃek/ - laissez-faire /leseɪ feə/ - Menzies /mɪŋgis/ - Nazi /ˈnɑːtsiː/

Z in combinations[edit | edit source]

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As /ts/: Antz (movie), chutzpah /ˈhʊtspə/, pretzel /ˈpretsəl/, Pulitzer /ˈpʊlɪtsər/, quartz /kwɔːrts/, Switzerland /ˈswɪtsərlənd/, waltz /wɔːlts, wɔːls/

"zh"[edit | edit source]

In words form non-Latin alphabets sometimes the sound /ʒ/ is spelled "zh", as in Dr. Zhivago /ʒɪˈvɑːgəʊ/. See IPA phoneme /ʒ/.

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In Italian loan words "zz" sounds /ts/.

  • mozzarella /mɒtsəˈrelə/, paparazzo /pæpəˈrætsəʊ/, paparazzi /pæpəˈrætsiː/, pizza /ˈpiːtsə/, mezzo /ˈmɛtsoʊ/

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