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  1. 1. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… Subscribe for free via: Twitter Email RSS Home Archives About Contact Tests Book Search The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from the English Alphabet by Daniel Scocco This webpage is not available. This webpage is not available. The webpage at The webpage at pub- pub- 9065706378227871&output=html&h=280&slotname=6887872157&w=336&flash=10.1.53&url=file%3A%2F%2F%2FC%3A 9065706378227871&output=html&h=280&slotname=68878721 480&u_his=1&u_java=1&u_h=800&u_w=1280&u_ah=800&u_aw=1280&u_cd=32&u_nplug=22&u_nmime=106&biw=1 letter-z-will-be-removed-from-the-english- might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web alphabet%2F&dt=1279244390558&shv=r20100711&correlator= address. 480&u_his=2&u_java=1&u_h=800&u_w=1280&u_ah=800&u_a letter-z-will-be-removed-from-the-english- alphabet%252F%26h%3D2a327&fu=0&ifi=1&dtd=105&xpc=YR Here are some suggestions: might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a address. Reload this web page later. Here are some suggestions: More information on this error Surprising as it sounds, it looks like the English alphabet will be losing one of its letters on June 1st. The announcement came from the English Language Central Commission (ELCC). Here is a quote from the press release: After carefully considering and debating the matter for over two years, the ELCC came to the conclusion that the letter “Z” should be removed from the English alphabet. The main objective of this change is to simplify the phonetic aspect of the language, and to unify the American and British spellings.C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 1/30
  2. 2. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… What will happen to the words that have the letter “z” in them? It depends on the word. According to the ELCC, words that started with a “z” will now start with an “x”. Examples include: zero becomes xero zoo becomes xoo zone becomes xone zodiac becomes xodiac Words that featured a “z” with the “s” sound, on the other hand, will now be officially written with the “s” (i.e., unifying the American and British spelling). Examples include: visualize becomes visualise analyze becomes analyse materialize becomes materialise What do you think about this change? Will it really simplify the English language, or will it make things more confusing? 526 retw eet Got Your Free eBook? Subscribe to Daily Writing Tips and you will be able to download our free ebook: Basic English Grammar. You will also get all our grammar, spelling, punctuation and writing tips. The download link will go along with the first email (you might need to wait up to 24 hours). Your email address Subscribe Related ArticlesC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 2/30
  3. 3. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… 38 Letters of the Alphabet Pangrams and Lipograms English Spelling is Not Total Chaos Subscribe RSS Feed Email Updates Twitter 194 Responses to “The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from the English Alphabet” 1. MS on April 1, 2010 12:04 am It must be an early April Fools joke. 2. David Blackstone on April 1, 2010 12:23 am …and a fairly obvious one at that 3. Miriam Robbins Midkiff on April 1, 2010 12:33 am What about people with the letter Z in their name? 4. Andy on April 1, 2010 12:36 am I’m not sure what to think on this one. I was leaning towards the thought of removing the letter X instead, making words like xylophone, xylene and xanadu easier to spell. However, words such as exit, exsist and exercise would look really strange as ezit,ezist and ezercise. Yet, I just can’t wrap my head around xone or xoo, the former looking too much like x-one and the latter reminding me of “kisses and hugs”. 5. Jeannine on April 1, 2010 12:54 am There’s no other explanation. This is a cruel April Fool’s joke. Shame on you! 6. Ray Ward on April 1, 2010 1:03 am What MS said in the first comment. It must already be April 1 in Britain or wherever the ELCC is. 7. jason Simmons on April 1, 2010 1:04 am First off, are you crazy. Yeah that word has a z in it. Is it gonna b craxy or crasy? And I like the question about people with z in their names. Who do you people think you are? 8. Paul on April 1, 2010 2:13 am will appreciate this =]C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 3/30
  4. 4. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… 9. Leah McClellan on April 1, 2010 3:28 am It sounds kind of sensible, but what about Scrabble? I mean, I count on that Z and those 10 points on a triple word score square. I guess they’ll have to faze/fase? out the old games with the Z? Maybe X will get 10 points instead of 8 now. 10. Jeff Watkins on April 1, 2010 4:51 am News alert — this just in: We need the letter ‘Z’. 11. Prashant Badiger on April 1, 2010 5:47 am Hmm……Sounds interesting. What if the last letter “Z” is removed from the alphabet. So what will we say to zebra? xebra or zoology as xoology. Oh god so much confusion!!! Truly speaking, the letter ‘x’ is used very less in any content, word or story. The word ‘amazing’ has a great punch, but how it will sound when we we say ‘amaxing’, neither the word will make any sense nor it will be accepted by the readers. The letter “Z” has a great significance and scope so I think removing it from the alphabet will be a wrong decision. 12. sandy on April 1, 2010 10:24 am the person, who wrote this about “Z” sounds insane…. if he right then he should be at the Xenith. 13. Sherry Beth Connot on April 1, 2010 12:30 pm I can’t imagine calling my kid Xachary. Made me look though! 14. Magdalena on April 1, 2010 12:50 pm Poor Zorro!! What will he do now? Especially on April 1st. 15. Hal on April 1, 2010 12:59 pm What a great idea! Who needs it. After all, its pulling up the rear, dead last in the alphabet. I say good riddance. I’m particularly fond of A either. Being first, it tends to get a little arrogant sometimes. I’m sure there are others we could do without as well. I’m might get zapped. 16. Michael on April 1, 2010 1:01 pm Well played! 17. Bruce H on April 1, 2010 1:13 pm Snassy. Or is snaxxy? 18. Carol Roberts Smith on April 1, 2010 1:17 pm Take & Bring – why can’t we ‘take’ anything anywhere anymore? Why do we have to ‘bring’ it. ItC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 4/30
  5. 5. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… sounds weird to me to say bring or brought. ‘I brought lunch to work’ I can live with, but ‘I have to bring this back to the store’ makes no sense to me. I’m taking it back to the store one way or another. Help me understand please. I notice it on TV a lot now too. Thanks! 19. Frederick Fuller on April 1, 2010 1:36 pm The change will confuse old timers like I. I’m sure the “z” will live on in my writing for a long time, if not forever. Sure glad I don’t do spelling contest anymore. What about ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ to indicate sleeping? XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX? Now, how do we distinguish XXXXXXXXXXXX from XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX meaning kisses? Dunno. I think the ELCC doesn’t have a lot to do. 20. Angela on April 1, 2010 2:00 pm This must be an April Fools joke. Removing Z doesn’t really make sense. Imagine everyone having to relearn all their z words 21. kai-bo on April 1, 2010 2:00 pm I love it. All those people whose surnames began with “Z” will no longer be last in the phone book. Those people whose last names begin with “Y” will now have to take their places where they belong, cleaning up after the parade! Good one! 22. Eric Cooperstein on April 1, 2010 2:01 pm I’ll bet the supporters of “K“ are relieved. 23. KQJohnson on April 1, 2010 2:08 pm HaHa, I fell right into that one! My first real April Fool’s joke of the day. 24. Spirit on April 1, 2010 2:20 pm Wonder what they’d do with that extra space on the keyboard… What about the word Zebra? Sebra? Xebra? Eww. Yes, it’s cool we’re unifying the language across the globe from one country to the next but let’s not forget- we’re individualistic (in theory). Besides, we don’t use the phrase ’snogging’ or any other British terms here in America- so what if we keep some little letter they don’t? It makes us different. If we’re going to change something why haven’t we gone for a more obvious rout and changed color to colour or check to cheque? Why immediately go for the letter Z? On an ironic note, think of all the spell check software we’d have to update. Children of the next generation reading library books and wondering what that funny little letter is. What about my Alphabits cereal? Would New Zealand…C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 5/30
  6. 6. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… I’ll stop myself there. I think it’s interesting either way but I’d rather it be a prank. True, it’d make spelling a lot of things on the fly easier- so many children do have trouble with the letter, but I shudder at how much we’d have to fix if we removed it. 25. Kaye Gregory on April 1, 2010 2:35 pm My inhaling astonished denying gasp exhaled as a whispering “April Fools!” You revved up my adrenaline though! 26. thebluebird11 on April 1, 2010 2:39 pm I reali[z]e this is an April Fool post, but truly, if we want to unify things, why stop at one ocean? I say, “LONG LIVE ESPERANTO!!” 27. ChrisB on April 1, 2010 2:49 pm Actually, the opposite would be much more useful — make every word where the x sounds like a z actually use a z, eg, zerox. I’d do the same thing with g & j and c & s too. And ch & k. My eldest is learning to read, and all too often I have to say, “This doesn’t follow the rule, but …” 28. Julie Hewett on April 1, 2010 2:57 pm very nicely done … 29. knowman on April 1, 2010 3:09 pm Nice one! 30. AmaT on April 1, 2010 3:23 pm Outrageous! This is just as ridiculous as those who decided that Pluto is no longer a planet! I agree with Frederick – the ELCC needs to find something useful to do. 31. Melissa Ramer on April 1, 2010 3:29 pm This is a lovely April Fool’s joke. Congratulations. The financial repercussions of updating all the A-B-C books, songs, and first grade teachers’ manuals alone make this improbable. Think of all the new dictionaries, keyboards, etc! Oh, wait–maybe that’s the point. A new market for re-spelled words? 32. Debbie on April 1, 2010 3:33 pm And now ve can finally zay to all ze vorried peepel zat ze Germanic and Zlavic langvaches have reqvested dis letter – and it vaz agreed by ze authorities datt zo be it.C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 6/30
  7. 7. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… 33. Rich on April 1, 2010 3:52 pm Great April Fool joke. First thing I noticed was the supposed ‘ELCC’ – unlike our French counterparts, we in the UK have no formal or official body to manage or preserve our native language! 34. Sharon H on April 1, 2010 4:01 pm The responses to this piece are at least as entertaining as the original April Fool’s joke! Good one. 35. sonny chen on April 1, 2010 4:24 pm letter Z removing is for ‘April 1, special joke for american english. why change for something so unique about the language. just a thought. 36. JohnsSocks on April 1, 2010 5:12 pm Z pisses me off anyway. It can go away. It hurts to step on, looks like an ‘N’ when you turn it sideways, and I have broken many pencils writing the bastard. 37. Desert Rat on April 1, 2010 5:53 pm I agree with Sharon H… the responses are a hoot! 38. LESLOVICH on April 1, 2010 6:46 pm Considering the remote chance that this is not an April Fool’s joke, Rex Harrison some years ago questioned, “why can’t the English learn to speak?” (My Fair Lady) Now it appears the English can perhaps no longer write either. Is this , then, not a good time to begin to speak “American”? We can surely do a much better job of it. 39. Erik on April 1, 2010 7:06 pm “First off, are you crazy. Yeah that word has a z in it. Is it gonna b craxy or crasy? And I like the question about people with z in their names. Who do you people think you are?” Hahaha =) 40. thebluebird11 on April 1, 2010 7:07 pm @JohnsSocks: Oh nooooo!! Z is jazzy, snazzy, zany and zippy! It can zigzag, zero in and zap. It can be zealous! It can add zing, or not (in case you want to catch some zzzzzzzzzzz). We need ZIP codes! We need Ziplocs to hold zebras. Think of all the medications that would have to be pulled off the market…Zoloft, Zyvox, Zegerid, Ziac and Zetia…What about Zorro, Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Stardust, Ziggy from the comics, Warren Zevon (RIP) and Zooey Deschanel? Billy Joel will have to re- title his song about Zanzibar…and OMG what about ZZ Top!!! Aieeeee!! LOLOL 41. BigBenFactor on April 1, 2010 7:11 pm Whoa!C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 7/30
  8. 8. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… If this is not a April Fool’s joke, then I do not agree with replacing the letter ‘z’ with ’s’ as in ‘organise’ rather than ‘organize” The zpelling tells me a lot about the author, and where he/she is from. Who is going to fiz the spell checker? Leave it alone. BBF 42. Melissa Ramer on April 1, 2010 7:14 pm It would make the xoo sound naughty. 43. BigBenFactor on April 1, 2010 7:15 pm It is the economy ‘ztupid’ Typewriting manufacturing will save money on one less letter. Remember the typewriter? Oh, alright, how about the keyboard manufacturing. Got it? Good. BBF 44. CalcDave on April 1, 2010 7:23 pm The Wizard of Ox? 45. Nelida K. on April 1, 2010 8:17 pm I was going to message asking since when did a language authority exist in Britain for the English language (like the “Academias de la Lengua” in Spanish for Latin America and the “Real Academia Española” in Spain) when I happened to look sideways to the calendar pinned onto my copy holder, and it dawned on me… I decided to play an April Fool prank of my own. I tweeted the post and asked for opinions, but nobody took the bait, so I tweeted again a “part II” and confessed to having been naughty….. Happy Easter, everybody! 46. Nelida K. on April 1, 2010 8:33 pm And, since we are at it, a bit of factual information. In the Latin-speaking world, April Fool’s Day is not in April (well, this does not make a lot of sense, does it?). Fact is, there is no April Fool’s Day, but there is an equivalent, which is called “Día de los Inocentes” (Day of the Innocent) and it is on December 28, and is also celebrated by playing all sorts of pranks on those unsuspecting souls innocent enough (or otherwise occupied) to fall for them… 47. tmg on April 1, 2010 8:35 pm This is hilarious! Thanks, everybody ~ 48. Melissa Ramer on April 1, 2010 9:03 pm “Xeitgeist” just doesn’t cut the mustard.C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 8/30
  9. 9. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… 49. John Turner on April 1, 2010 9:20 pm Daniel, Great post. I linked to it in my blog. Thanks for the inspiration. This is a very helpful website. Thanks for the great service you provide. Happy Resurrection Weekend to you! 50. Viking Bastard on April 1, 2010 10:49 pm The Icelandic alphabet used to have the Z, but it was removed from the language through laws set by the Icelandic parliament in 1972 (which went into effect in 1974). The parliament debates are legendary and were very fierce. The rationale for the expulsion actually mirrors the reasons given in that article pretty well. 51. T.Vilaça on April 1, 2010 11:00 pm I’m scared! Hopefully it’s April Fool. Ok then. Just one thing that occured to me: How to distinguish between the ‘GZ’ and the ‘KS’ sounds? As in Exercise, Exagerate, Exam, Example, Xerxes, Xerox… (all ‘GZ’, right?). Or as in Extreme, Excellent, Extra, Exclude, Ex, Excited… ( all ‘KS’, yep?) Could anyone please enlight me on that ? 52. Peth on April 1, 2010 11:09 pm Didn’t Mark Twain have this idea 100ish years ago. Only he reformed English completely. 53. Melissa Ramer on April 1, 2010 11:10 pm April Fool’s, T.Vilaca! (And yes, your “gz” and “ks” observations are correct.) 54. thebluebird11 on April 1, 2010 11:18 pm Wasn’t going to step in, but…OK I’m stepping in. I’m only speaking for US English-speakers here. Dunno what people in other parts of the world are taught, including those in the UK. Dunno whereC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 9/30
  10. 10. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… Melissa Ramer is from. *Exercise is KS (EK-ser-size), not GZ. *Exagerate is spelled with two Gs, (exaggerate). *Xerxes and Xerox: The first Xs take the Z sound only; the second Xs each word take the KS sound (Zer-ksees, Zeer-oks). There, I’ve said my piece. 55. Mark Jordan on April 1, 2010 11:21 pm Wow, this is craxy? First they demote Pluto, and now this. I love my Z and will go down fighting. 56. thebluebird11 on April 1, 2010 11:23 pm Oh yeah…and while I’m at it, I can enlightEN you that “occurred” has a double R as well…I’m not being mean…I’m being O-C. I assume you’re trying to improve your English; just trying to help. IMHO everyone should do that (including me). 57. Melissa Ramer on April 1, 2010 11:30 pm You’re right, bluebird. I didn’t look closely enough. 58. thebluebird11 on April 1, 2010 11:33 pm No problem. My shrink is trying to find a medication that will work for my OCD LOL. When he does, I will spend a lot less time worrying about what happens to the letter Z and a lot more time being productive! 59. Gustavo Benitez on April 2, 2010 12:44 am I can’t believe this! I just invested all the money I recovered from my Madoff investments into a company that manufactures Zs!!! What is next? 60. Craig on April 2, 2010 1:18 am This is really happening, but only in England and New Xealand 61. Tim Krauss on April 2, 2010 1:35 am Hey, if you bought this I have a bridge to sell you. Oh, and check out “Google”, I got a hoot. 62. BigBenFactor on April 2, 2010 2:01 am Hello? Looks like my two comments were deleted or not approved. Any reasons for that? 63. D. Taylor-French on April 2, 2010 2:29 am Funny. I really thought it might make things easier. But then I knew I’d just want a divorce from XC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 10/30
  11. 11. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… because I’d miss Z too much. I mean to lose piZZa, Zipper, Zing, Zoe! That’s too much. 64. Rafa on April 2, 2010 3:31 am LOL, obviously got to be a joke from april’s fool day….(don’t trust me) might be not… :S 65. nakomaru on April 2, 2010 4:09 am Actually, all of your examples in the second list should be in your first list. They should be “visualixe” “analyxe” and “materialixe”. At least, according to how everyone I’ve ever heard pronounce it, Brits included, and the Mirriam-Webster dictionary. 66. Suzanne on April 2, 2010 4:47 am I’m relieved to learn this was just an April Fool’s joke. Very clever! My name has a z in it and I come from New Zealand – Suxanne from New Xealand? No way! If someone really wanted to simplify the phonetic aspect of English spelling, z would be very important to keep – for example, what about the difference between ‘close’ as an adjective (a close shave) and ‘close’ as a verb (close the door)? Spelled more phonetically the latter would have to be ‘cloze’. The way we say it in New Xealand, anyway! 67. gmair on April 2, 2010 7:03 am why the Z???? I’ve always wondered why we hace the letter C. It doesn’t have its own sounds. It is either a ‘k’ or an ’s’ sound. we should replace it with the either the K or S respectively for example the word bicycle should be spelled bisykle. I have further issues with the Y swinging both ways but that is for another forum. Another usless lett is the ‘Q’ it is uselss without a u behind it and really if you stick a kw together it makes the same sound as qu. For example try say kween wouldn’t you pronounce it the same as queen? last of all ‘x’ the obvious ‘z’ sounds can be replaced by letter Z. But the other sound ‘x’ makes is demonstrated by the word makes which has no x in it. Say the words makes out loud you’ll here an ‘x’ sound though. that is because ‘ks’ is the sound X makes so except should be eksept. Some may argue the ks is two letters and x simplifies the sound but then why not make a new lett for ch, sh, st, and the really baffling one ck? 68. Ole Friis Larsen on April 2, 2010 10:07 am I think, this removal of the ‘Z’ is to aprilize the language too far 69. Dan on April 2, 2010 1:11 pm There must not exist an ELCC because implementing this change would do nothing to the phonology of English as described in the quote – a phonological change would require that everyone stop _pronouncing_ the ‘z’ as a ‘z’. This change would change the orthography primarily, perhaps with some phonological ramifications. Happy (belated) April Fool’s Day!C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 11/30
  12. 12. phonological ramifications.7/16/2010 Happy (belated) Will BeFool’s Day! th… The Letter “Z” April Removed from 70. Cza on April 2, 2010 2:39 pm This is impossible. What exactly becomes of my name now? Does this mean they’re removing the letter Z from device keyboards as well? 71. Tiago Vilaça on April 2, 2010 2:43 pm Thanx Melissa and Bluebird11!!! Very useful tips and corrections. Thanx for warning me about my misspellings. I’ve checked those words pointed out by bluebird11 and that’s all correct. Not only for Am English. That’s the standard – according to the dictionaries. Well, sorry to bother you all again, but do you guys know if there are any words starting with ‘GZ’ sound ??? 72. Melissa Ramer on April 2, 2010 3:01 pm Gesundheit. 73. Tiago Vilaça on April 2, 2010 3:14 pm In English I meant, por supuesto. (That’s German, right?!) 74. Melissa Ramer on April 2, 2010 3:23 pm Yes, that’s German, but also appears in English dictionaries. That’s not what you had in mind though, is it? No, I know of no English word starting with the letter X that has the GZ sound. Suerte! 75. Tiago Vilaça on April 2, 2010 3:33 pm Well, well… I’ll take it eventually. But I could swear I heard the Spartan King saying ‘Let’s give this ‘GZerGZes’ a lesson…’ refering to Xerxes, the Persian God-Kind in the movie ‘300′. Well, maybe that’s just Americans trying an obscure ancient Greek accent. I’m done. I guess I accept this. Gracias, though. BTW, Melissa, may I ask where are you from? 76. thebluebird11 on April 2, 2010 3:36 pm @ #44 (CalcDave), #59 (Gustavo), #68 (Ole Friis): LOLOL. Very funny and clever! I’ve never seen so many posts in one day here…it was great, but now I need to get back to work!C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 12/30
  13. 13. I’ve7/16/2010 never seen so many posts in one day here…it Removed from th… I need to get back to work! The Letter “Z” Will Be was great, but now Thanks, DWT, for the memories! 77. thebluebird11 on April 2, 2010 3:44 pm Tiago, I have never seen that movie, but perhaps he was deliberately mispronouncing it, to make fun of Xerxes and show his contempt for him? Or, perhaps because Xerxes was some upstart and little-known foreigner to him, he would never have heard of him and would not have known how to pronounce the name (in the movie, not in real life)? You know the old expression, “That’s Greek to me!” (although I’ve always wondered what the Greek expression is…) 78. Big Mike on April 2, 2010 5:17 pm That’s just crasy! 79. gigioglvz on April 2, 2010 8:59 pm what are going to do those people that have the letter z as their favorite letter? I can’t believe this is gonna happen 80. Melissa Ramer on April 2, 2010 9:46 pm Hi Tiago (Santiago?) I’m from the USA but also speak Spanish and have a German heritage. Xerxes–pronounced Zerk-seez–is how I’ve always heard it. Now I suppose I will have to watch the movie “300″ and listen for it. 81. Gay Quizzy on April 3, 2010 9:13 am DUH! Such an April Fools’ Joke! Has anyone bothered looking up ELCC on Google? It does not exist! Everyone has been taken for an April ride! There’s no way I will change to Gay Quixxy! Double DUH! 82. daddyjohn on April 4, 2010 3:13 am Who are the members of ELCC? 83. Tarang Goyal on April 4, 2010 6:37 am well den ( what will happen to d spelling of my fav anime dragonball Z. And chemistry’s slater rule’s Z-effect… den we will have to change d name of that effect too.. and it wud b better to remove dat effect along wid d alphabet too.. 84. rashmi singh on April 4, 2010 6:45 am i guess many of us not going to belief that but i think its true . Not only “z” there are lots of things which we r leaving or removing from a life… we kw there is “Z” but wt if coming generation dont kw that there was “Z” letter was there.. evry thing is possible.C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 13/30
  14. 14. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… previously we all speak our own language now .. we speak mixture of all countries language and we even dont mind it becoz (because) it makes are life easier if u clearly see urself from beganing to till now u can see wts going on..:) wishes rashmi 85. Carly on April 4, 2010 12:34 pm This is so fake. Why would the letter Z be removed from the alphabet? That would be preposterous. It’s a very useful letter. And this was posted March 31st at 7:07 pm, so it was clearly mean to be an April Fool’s joke. I believed it until I saw the day it was posted. It’s just a bunch of crap anyways so don’t believe it. 86. Kranti on April 4, 2010 4:42 pm What will happen to amazon???? amaxon or amason?? 87. sampreeti dey on April 4, 2010 5:43 pm lets c… wat will happen to the scientific terms that r symbolized by “z”, if z’s gonna b abolised.. eg:- impedence in physics is denoted by “z”? seems that the science would also reform itself into a new avatar with the english alphabets..:) 88. Daniyal on April 5, 2010 10:19 am Lol. Nice one guys… I almost feel for the joke until i googled elcc which doesnt even exist. Haha… 89. Bruce Reynolds on April 5, 2010 11:55 am This is crazy talk, excuse me, craxy talk. 90. Stephen the Phonologist on April 5, 2010 5:09 pm ERROR in blog post: “Words that featured a /z/ with the /s/ sound, on the other hand, will now be officially written with the ’s’. visualize becomes visualise. analyze becomes analyse. materialize becomes materialise.” FACT: Sorry, but visualiZe, analyZe, and materialiZe all have /z/ sounds, not /s/ sounds. They are very clearly VOICED alveolar fricatives, not UNVOICED as the author would have us believe. Thus, the American spelling more directly represents the sound in these cases. In fact, in most US/UK spelling discrepancies, the US spelling is more representative of the pronunciation (and vice versa: in pronunciation differences,C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 14/30
  15. 15. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… the US sounding is usually closer to the spelling) 91. Nikhil on April 5, 2010 8:36 pm Which of the following would be correct? a. Children love to make sand castles. b. Children love making sand castles. I am guessing both should do, but I have doubts. 92. thebluebird11 on April 5, 2010 8:07 pm Not sure what sandcastles have to do with the letter Z…IMHO both are correct, but you spell “sandcastles” usually as one word…not that it is not understood when the words are separated. The only other thing I would add is that ADULTS love making sandcastles too! 93. neocow on April 7, 2010 12:25 am I just fell for this. -.- 94. jmic368 on April 7, 2010 3:43 am At least I knew now that ELCC really ezist?! should I write it? exist?…..ezizt?…exizt?… Thank you for the GREAT CONFUXION ELCC… 95. nvg on April 7, 2010 2:15 pm just imagining what it would be like without z is crasy: say, what about the co-ordinate system? x,y,s? delicious pixxas? 96. ARVIND JOSHI on April 7, 2010 3:57 pm The expression of sleep – zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz can’t be repalced with – xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx It’s crazy !!!!! 97. Andre on April 8, 2010 7:42 am what about websites with letter z in the url? 98. christian on April 9, 2010 12:03 am WAAAH I got foooooled!! damn it 99. Shako on April 9, 2010 2:37 amC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 15/30
  16. 16. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… I think this make things confusing bec now we have to change z-x or z-s in more than 1000 words 100. Haley Goodman on April 9, 2010 1:01 pm i don’t think this is smart :/ i don’t like it!!! 101. CrimsonPageSmith on April 9, 2010 2:40 pm If this letter is really being took out then it really sad because ever since we were little it been in the thing 102. Daniel Stam on April 11, 2010 3:43 am And what in the world will happen to the alphabet song? W X Y and??? Besides, it represents a waste of money. All the redesign for new electronic products’ keyboards…. CRASYYYY!!! 103. mizdee on April 12, 2010 10:49 pm hahahaha! then i’ll be mixdee! oh c’mon….. )) 104. Jakes on April 14, 2010 11:26 pm This is definitely crazy! This is not a matter of developing phobia for change but the reasons for the change is untenable… Why unify the British & American English? Does that also unify the pronunciation? British is British and American is American: each should retain her phonetic heritage and patrimony 105. Melissa Ramer on April 15, 2010 10:48 am If you scroll back to the beginning and check the date, you’ll note that this was all an April Fool’s Day joke! 106. Zzzzzz... on April 17, 2010 3:57 pm This is a clear example of people not having work to do. What will you represent “Zzzzzzz” (Sleep sound) with? “Sssssss”? 107. Dinesh on April 21, 2010 4:21 am A well written joke! 108. Geo TVc on April 23, 2010 3:05 pm Z is already removed…..i checked…………..t 109. Craig on April 25, 2010 5:58 am But wait, there’s more…gullible is also being removed from the dictionary.C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 16/30
  17. 17. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… 110. LakshmiNarayanan on April 27, 2010 2:51 am What about Zee TV? and the word Pizza…is it going to be Pissa…? 111. Manjit on April 29, 2010 6:34 am Then how ‘Zade’ wil be pronounced as ‘Xade’? 112. Gina on May 1, 2010 2:30 am Oh, this cannot be! Not Z! I refuse to discard the letter Z. This must be a joke. Of all the corrections they could make to the alphabet, why pick on Z? Why not K? I mean, we do have C to cover for K. 113. Elsa Joy on May 3, 2010 6:22 am Nice one! 114. Aks on May 3, 2010 9:17 am This is not not good! why to remove any letter.. what about the people who has their name starting with Z like Zaheer or Zen. It was good letter to differanciate between the Hindi letters “ज ” and “झ” झ = jh ज=z Please dont remove “Z” What will be Zee TV the “XEE” TV? 115. Arputh on May 4, 2010 8:20 am Instead they would have removed some ‘la’s ‘ra’s & ‘na’s in Tamil. Thatt would be great!! 116. ponvel on May 4, 2010 12:34 pm what about the z key in the keyboard? 117. Rajeev on May 5, 2010 6:43 am I really agreed on this discussion that the Letter ‘Z’ should be remove from alphabets. 118. Rajeev on May 5, 2010 6:45 am Please do not confuse with English Z & hindi झ…here the debate is for english letter ‘Z’. -Rajeev 119. Suresh Babu Balan on May 5, 2010 7:26 amC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 17/30
  18. 18. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… Ok, First they should find a new letter instead of “z”, then they may remove it. To remove such a letter from a language is HUGE change you know…. I don´t know how the people are going to accept it!!!! 120. DJ on May 5, 2010 7:53 am Means, both these sentences would be the same?? some zones where there are zoos may have zebras playing xylophones with excitement during xmas some xones where there are xoos may have xebras playing xylophones with excitement during xmas 121. MyCollection on May 5, 2010 8:16 am Z key will be used as a functional key .. ctrl + z -> z only 122. Maverick on May 6, 2010 6:19 am SEZ ( Special Economic Zone ) will become SEX 123. Abbas Raza on May 6, 2010 8:26 am if we go by phonetic , it might be a good suggestion, but there are many Names which cannot be changed just for the sake of phonetic of ‘Z’ letter. One of such instant is my Name only, if I change to Raxa—looks tooo awkward Rasa–Does not match at all…. above is just an example, like that many are there, which would go absorb by this change. So, please give an second thought before makeing any such decisions and would be better to leave the letter as it is regards Abbas Raza. 124. Praveen on May 6, 2010 11:07 am hmm S E (X or Z) you choose your own… 125. Sunit on May 7, 2010 6:25 am “SEZ ( Special Economic Zone ) will become SEX” gr888 :D:D:DC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 18/30
  19. 19. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… 126. Geetanjali on May 7, 2010 8:52 am We just dont want “Z” to be removed. It is not done! I Love All The Alphabets. 127. anand on May 7, 2010 2:17 pm Does anyone know where is English Language Central Commission (ELCC)? Anyway this is a good one for April 1st. 128. Charlotte on May 7, 2010 8:20 pm Hmmm. Are bees going to bussssss or buxxxxxx in future? 129. Nechie on May 8, 2010 3:43 am I’m so glad I used Greek alphabet. BUT THIS IS CRAXY! And my friend’s name is Zerelda. Zerelda = Xerelda? I don’t think so. 130. Nechie on May 8, 2010 3:45 am Post #122 WIN Oh and how are we going to sing the alphabet now with “Z” missing? Bollocks. 131. beey-abel on May 8, 2010 11:40 am no and never.kidding you. how about on laptop? letter “z” still on. 132. Khalisha on May 9, 2010 1:28 am It would be SO awkward… I mean… Z, would be removed? WHATS UP WITH THIS ELC businesss???? they are getting SERIOUSLY strange. Then our kids of the future will sing “y and x now I know my ABC’s” EVEN THOUGH THEY DO NOT KNOW their ABC’s! 133. ali on May 11, 2010 6:18 am but thats do it some problem how can i know thats z change tp s or to x or another latter 134. rohinee on May 11, 2010 9:53 am in india we already believe ‘English is a very very funny lanugage’.. seems more fun is on way..the idea tickle me.. 135. Radheesh Krishna on May 11, 2010 10:32 am Hi allC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 19/30
  20. 20. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… This scenario will leads to a catastrophic situations. The origin of almost languages are from our Prophets, Saints, Gurus its… We don’t have any right to ad or remove anything from the fundamentals of English. 136. Dinu on May 12, 2010 3:47 am Nice “All Fools Day” joke. Beautifully written! To celebrate the exit of ‘z’, people will ‘booxe’ and extra peg. What about Zakirs, Zafars, Zias… Razzaqs…. What is this razzmatazz? Also next year they want to change the calendar so that we have only 10 months in a year. Good Luck. 137. Arpan on May 12, 2010 7:58 am Nah!! not a great idea.. 138. abhilash on May 12, 2010 8:52 am I don’t know what makes ELCC to be such cruel to letter “Z” 139. Ashraf Kerbelker on May 13, 2010 1:42 am If these people think of removing “Z” then why are they not thinking to correct the spellings of many words. The words should be spelled as it sounds, example : KNIFE should be NIFE, PHYSICS should be FEZICS and so on. These guys, i think have crossed the retirement age or they are retired and have nothing to do. 140. Amy on May 13, 2010 2:37 am Not good idea ( cant think of removing ‘Z’….it will create more confusion for everyone !!! 141. Cool on May 13, 2010 7:10 am What about my favourite cartoon series “Dragonball Z”. Will it be called Dragonball X / Dragonball S / Dragonball C ???? 142. Capri on May 13, 2010 12:59 pm ROTF the things people believe when they get passed along in chain letters! This prank made it onto the Hoax-slayer site. 143. M. A. A Aziz on May 13, 2010 5:08 pm My name is Abdulaziz, How it will be written then? 144. compucrat on May 14, 2010 5:36 amC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 20/30
  21. 21. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… April’s joke spilling over to May? Stopping being serious, guys! 145. Thejus Krishna on May 14, 2010 8:53 am This is a great set back to those who are playing Scrabble. It will reduce their chance of scoring a triple or a double. I think they will have to reconsider their decision on this. 146. Thejus Krishna on May 14, 2010 9:00 am What abt ‘Zzzzz’? Will it become ’ssss’? And what about Zimbabwe? 147. Sun on May 16, 2010 11:19 am Whoever would listen to Jaxx Music ? Cheeeee 148. Nipun on May 17, 2010 1:12 am as per international standard we are using x,y, and “z” for indicating 3D GRAPHS . instead of “z” what will be ELCC’s suggestion. 149. adreana schewzoringa on May 17, 2010 4:26 am How will the word SEZ(Special Economic Zone) be pronounced now as Z will be replaced with X 150. shayam on May 18, 2010 1:27 am hi its good idea , we need to improve more 151. Sushma Hooda on May 18, 2010 2:24 am Well I suppose the ELCC had nothing to do for a while so came up with this crazy idea. Why do away with something which has worked well so far. I liked Andy,s comment that xoo looks like hugs and kisses and how would you spell Buzz, Buxx ? Lazy , laxy? and what about Dizzy . Dixxy, Craxy, snaxxy . they all look like new flavors of potato chips. Pleeeeeease spare us this craZy idea. I am looking forward to teaching my grandchildren the alphabets from A to Z. 152. ashokreddy on May 18, 2010 6:27 am Anyone know the official website for English Language Central Commission (ELCC). ? 153. Riyad A Salam on May 19, 2010 1:15 am What will the country Zimbabwe be called now? Ximbabwe or Simbabwe? 154. rahim on May 19, 2010 4:40 amC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 21/30
  22. 22. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… hai it is interesting. let Z go to a sound sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Don’t disturb 155. Prabhu on May 19, 2010 6:54 am Nice joke lol… 156. imthiaz ahmed on May 20, 2010 4:15 am evn my name gotta Z in it.. and i clearly say that nobody hav d right to change the spelling of ma name and its pronunciation… and the idea of eliminating Z frm alphabets its “TOTALLY RUBBISH” 157. rajeshwari on May 20, 2010 6:53 am instead of z, it is better to remove “x”, as it involves the phoenetic sound of two letters ‘k” and ’s’ or ‘k’ and ‘z’. for example, the words ‘xylophone’ sounds’ zylophone’ and ‘xerox’ sounds ‘zerox’ which can be written as ‘zerokz’ or ‘zeroks’ also, while the words, “zoo” cannot be pronounced as “xoo” that is “exoo” “zone” cannot be pronounced as “xone” that is “exone” etc. “Z” has a unique phoenetic sound and due to this feature, is used to differentiate the spellings for words using ’s and ‘z’. It is not a combination of two sounds or letters and therefore does not create confusion in anyway. 158. RamBo on May 21, 2010 12:22 am what will happened to the cars with “Z” … Xoom, Xoom? its practically a big joke they just wants us to Smile…Buxx In? 159. Rajul on May 21, 2010 5:47 am As for as speaking & listening is concerned,it will not confuse us but in writing it may,since people have become habitual writing the “z”. 160. imthiaz ahmed on May 22, 2010 4:17 am watevr it may be Z r X but wats d need of removin letters ?.. does thos ELCC membrs gonna carry thes alphabts, so dat dey feel its TOO HEAVY?.. 161. Hadi on May 23, 2010 9:54 am And what will they do with words like; “ooze”, freeze, gauze, breeze, seize, seizure”, will they be changing all of it into “s”. And sometimes the ‘z’ is there to tell the reader that the letter in question is actually pronounced /z/ not /s/.C:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 22/30
  23. 23. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… Like “zone, zymology…etc.” And often the uncommon words such as, “zygomat, zygomatic”. We recognize the words, rather than reading them letter by letter. Changes occur not only in vocabularies with the passage of time, but also in gramattical structures. But to eliminate a letter in the alphabet, that is a bit difficult to digest. I personally like it to be there, although we cannot stop the process of langauge development. 162. Hadi on May 23, 2010 9:55 am And what will they do with words like; “ooze”, freeze, gauze, breeze, seize, seizure”, will they be changing all of it into “s”. And sometimes the ‘z’ is there to tell the reader that the letter in question is actually pronounced /z/ not /s/. Like “zone, zymology…etc.” And often the uncommon words such as, “zygomat, zygomatic”. We recognize the words, rather than reading them letter by letter. Changes occur not only in vocabularies with the passage of time, but also in gramattical structures. But to eliminate a letter in the alphabet, that is a bit difficult to digest. I personally like it to be there, although we cannot stop the process of langauge development. Hadi 163. T. Vilaça on May 24, 2010 2:23 pm Guys! C’mon, just check the post’s date please… It was just a joke ( actually an April Fool’s Joke) and it is becoming and old one. Good to know people care, though. I’d be scared too. Cheers! 164. gomathinatarajan on May 25, 2010 10:40 am if at all an alphabet should be removed let it be Q .if Q can’t stand without U,what difference ,it is going to make if it is removed 165. Philip Martin on May 26, 2010 5:39 am How come? it is impossible. It should be thr? 166. Roopa on May 26, 2010 8:20 am this is seriously a stupid thing. 167. Syed Arbab Ahmed on May 27, 2010 3:46 amC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 23/30
  24. 24. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… It’s follishness in the 1st place as “Z” is the sound easily produce by tongue, they should not have removed it but add a secondary “T” as “T” in great languages like Arabic and Urdu have two letters for it, one pronouned “Tay” and other is “Tee”. What about the names, all and everything that has been written over the past centuries in english, and ELCC at least should have checked the dictionary to find that how many words starts from “Z” there are many, what about “ZEBRA” it neither sounds “S” nor “X”, the least words comes from “X” and not “Z”. I simply don’t get it. 168. raiju on May 27, 2010 6:54 am how can i call u crazy!!!! with out zzzzzzz!!!! 169. Murali Menon on May 29, 2010 9:01 am Like most others, I too would like to think of it as Joke for April fools’ day. They should have chosen 1st of April as the effective date instead of 1st June. On the other hand, if the guys at ELCC are indeed serious, I would say they should use their time for better things. Yes, … English is a slightly crazy (I wouldn’t like to spell it as ‘craxy’) language with all its funny spellings and pronunciations and I would prefer that it remains that way. Why change it to suit the Americans? 170. ramanarasimha on May 29, 2010 10:45 pm I think somebody must be playing a joke. If it’s true, it’ll take some time to come to terms with this unnecessary removal of Z ramanarasimha Mysore 171. Endeavour on June 1, 2010 7:23 am though they are trying to improve phonetic language, I think, they will end up messing up many other things……..Remove the letter Z from keyboard, keypads…. people names……people signatures…documents….. oh my god, people using more zzzzzz will have to suffer a lot…….. I disagree with replacing z—>x 172. Junifar on June 1, 2010 12:35 pm Halah …. Capek deh….. Why not A ? 173. Asim on June 2, 2010 4:39 amC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 24/30
  25. 25. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… I think it is unnecessary to have such change and these people have no right to do such practice. I think it is a joke. 174. steven f on June 2, 2010 4:58 pm lol. funny april fools joke. :p 175. rabia on June 4, 2010 2:53 am pathetic idea!!!! 176. Sharukh on June 4, 2010 3:25 am Did anybody tell the Xebra. 177. zuha on June 4, 2010 11:15 am NICE JOKE!….u think all the words containing Z would actually change to x or s!…cant imagine all the web site’s name changing ….all the Books n dictionary issued up-to now changing….n oh of-course changing my own NAME!!!…come up with something more sensible next time PLEASE! 178. C.Liang on June 5, 2010 1:21 am The alphabet song is going to sound so funny now that the letter z is gone. Now you know your abc’s, next time won’t you sing it right please. 179. A.Witherfeilds on June 6, 2010 5:40 pm This is real my dad who works in the government received a e-mail confirming this. 180. Hanz on June 7, 2010 3:31 am How if we remove all X, Y, Z for simplicity? removing letter ‘Z’ is kind of foolishness 181. Ashraf Younis on June 7, 2010 2:57 pm So, what will happen for Zakai … Xakai !!!! it is a craxy idea ) 182. Parul on June 8, 2010 6:43 am This is bullshit shouldnot happen wat will the chinese do???? lolz….. Most of their names start with Z 183. COLE ; N R on June 11, 2010 3:15 am Originator admits its s Joke- ELCC is the Joke = but if ye really want Spell Reform try Dr Bains’s “Saaspel”. Actually i want more letters – say 33. I fell in love with the small ð [ eth] at 14, and now alsoC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 25/30
  26. 26. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… the Þ [thorn] /And what about medieval “joch” – not on keyboard or in Character map, but PM Menzies’name used it centuries ago so now in Scotland he is “Mingis” but here he is ‘menzees’. Bring these letters back – we need them!!! 184. arwind on June 11, 2010 11:17 pm when will the alphabet “Z” be removed from alphabets of English? 185. rivo on June 15, 2010 5:52 am Where on earth is English Language Central Commission (ELCC)? in a xoo? lol Actually I’m now seeking for words containing letter “s” but pronounced as /z/. Can somebody give to me some amaxing website listing such words? Thank you ELCC fans… 186. Avi on June 15, 2010 1:15 pm Xinedine xidane? Synedine sidane? That sucks. 187. variable on June 17, 2010 6:27 am If u replace the ‘Z’ by ‘X’ then what about the variables X,Y and Z in algebra….?? it must be insane to remove Z from alphabets.. 188. Tapas Choudhury on June 17, 2010 12:18 pm DREAMZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…THIS IS A BLOODY DREAM THAT WILL GET OVER WITH. WHY DOES THIS ELCC IS THINKING ABOUT THIS CRAP……………….ELCC IS ITSELF A CRAP 189. anonymus on June 17, 2010 11:52 pm Stupidness! ELCC never said the President is involved! HELLO … NO NEWS! Such idiots. Just taking one letter out of the alphabet is just the same taking your brain out of your head… >:( 190. Anil Saxena on June 18, 2010 6:28 am Good humor ; students will officially study X-oology or XX-oology or XXX-oology. LOL 191. Sumit on June 22, 2010 9:12 am There is no official body named English Language Central Commission… if anyone finds it inform me…. Intelligent joke … still people are reading and responding….. Rgds 192. chandra sekar on July 7, 2010 11:01 amC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 26/30
  27. 27. 7/16/2010 The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from th… z alphabet cant’t be replace any world i love all the letters in the alphabets 193. Abdussalam on July 8, 2010 7:33 am I think this is not too good, because the beginners can be reached in a confusion what they put the substitute 194. devraj on July 8, 2010 8:56 am This step is appreciable. Yes, word can be possible to write on the above discussed way. eg xerox This webpage is not available. This webpage is not available. Got something to say? Name (required) Email Address(required) Website Speak your mind Submit Comment Notify me of followup comments via e-mail CategoriesC:/…/The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed fro… 27/30
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