People whose first or last name start with the letter Z must have it pretty rough. Most processes, systems and organizations use alphabetical sorting as standard, meaning they are always last no matter the place or occasion. Could get a bit annoying after a while, don’t you think? Z Day was created to give those whose names begin with Z’s a bit of a break. People with the letter Z can go first in line, get picked earlier, and stand in front instead of the back for a change.

The History Behind The Letter Z

The Semitic Symbol was the seventh letter, named Zayin, which meant “weapon” or “sword”. It represented either the sound /z/ as in English and French, or possibly more like /dz/ as in Italian zeta, zero. The Greek form of Z was a close copy of the Phoenician Zayin and the Greek inscriptional form remained in this shape throughout history, as the Greeks called the letter Zeta. Latin, the origin of our current alphabet, had the letter Z in the earliest form of the alphabet before it was replaced by the letter G. The letter was replaced due to the “z” sound in Latin changing to “r” by rhotacism in the fifth century B.C.

How to Celebrate Z-Day

So how are you going to celebrate this holiday? Well, if you have any opportunities to put things in alphabetical order then go ahead and pop the Z’s up front. This would be a simple task if you were a school teacher. Be a rebel and go for reverse alphabetical order if you want! Kids love opposite days like this. But maybe you don’t really have a chance to put things in alphabetical order so you could draw some pictures of random Z-named things. Get really abstract and creative with your Z art and put it somewhere for the world to see. Or maybe you work with someone with a Z name and could treat them extra special today. Take your Z buddy out to lunch or help them out with their work today.

Maybe you could even buy something that starts with a Z like a Zenith watch or a Zune. There are plenty of different products out there that start with a Z! You could even go to a zoo if it’s open and check out the zebras. Now if only they’d let you ride one… Or you could catch your favorite zombie flick and try not to get the hunger for brains yourself. Heck, dress up as a zombie and give hugs to people with Z names! Or if you’re really crazy you could tattoo a Z on your body and celebrate for the rest of your life! That would be the ultimate way to show your appreciation for this wonderful letter. It’s all up to you really. Be creative! Show your appreciation to people and things that may not feel as loved because they have an uncommon letter in their name.

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