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


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.



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."


As a bit of an Oldie.Could one of you youngsters out there please tell me what does lol stand for. thanks.?

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