Z facts for kids
|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
Where it came from
In Etruscan, Z may have been /ts/.
In Old Latin, /z/ (written s) became /r/ and the symbol for /z/ became useless. It was taken away from the alphabet by Appius Claudius Caecus, and a new letter, G, was put in.
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
- 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.
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