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A Silent Z

What word in the English dictionary has a silent z?

The word rendezvous. Even though it’s a French word, it’s in the English dictionary and is pronounced [rahn-duh-voo].

Turns out rendezvous isn’t the only one. Another word is oyez.

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6 Comments on "A Silent Z"


fivebee says
February 10, 2014 @ 16:58

rondezvous


john edwin dodd says
July 21, 2015 @ 12:37

Oyez


fivebee says
December 1, 2015 @ 07:28

Oyez (Oy-yay)


Steve Si says
January 20, 2019 @ 18:47

The name Dalziel


D says
February 18, 2019 @ 13:23

laissez faire


JoeP says
October 3, 2019 @ 13:19

“capercailzie” (a kind of bird) is pronounced, and sometimes spelled, “capercaillie”. As with the surname Dalziel, the silent z is really a mistaken transliteration of an old Scottish word that contained a yogh, a letter that sounds like a y but looks like a z.


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