The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from the English Alphabet

By Daniel Scocco

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.

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?


244 Responses to “The Letter “Z” Will Be Removed from the English Alphabet”

  • Ian Whitfield

    What absolute load of tosh. I for one will continue with our beloved English alphabet. I am sure also that my niece Zoe will have something to say regarding this.

  • Frank Zapada

    Remember when the US tried to convert the unit of measure to the “metric system”? Didn’t work out so well, did it. Ther isn’t any rime or reason why we need to remove the letter “Z” from the Enghish language. Nobody should have the right to change anything in our language. English is the offical USA language. All 26 letter belong to all of us. . We need to stop tring to be like other countries, and start being more like America.

  • Chloe Lyons

    OMG is this actually happnig? I have thousands of friends named Zoe! AGGHH

  • Otuz Bir

    I believe T should be removed from the English alphabet not Z!

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