Why are words that start near X pronounced as a Z, such as xylaphone, xanadu, etc?

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they really aren't if you say it right. we basically get too sluggish to say the write bearing. using the "z" sound is much quicker and easier.

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Don't forget Xena, the warrior princess :)
Because Americans and other english speakers pronounce "Z" differently. Most English words commencing with x, including various obscure solid terms, are of Greek origins. The x (pronounced "z") actually represents the Greek missive xi, the fourteenth letter of the Greek alphabet, which is pronounced "z."

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