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.

Posted in Brain Teasers


6 Comments on "A Silent Z"

fivebee says
February 10, 2014 @ 16:58


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


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.

Leave a comment

First name (required)

Email (will not be published) (required)