“Z” stripped of letter status

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 - 7:12 am PDT

Leading orthographers declared this week that “Z” is no longer a letter under new guidelines that downsize the English alphabet from twenty-six letters to twenty-five. Meeting in Prague, a week of tumultuous debate preceded the decision by the prestigious International Orthographical Union that stripped “Z” of the letter status it has enjoyed since its discovery in 1930, reclassifying it as merely a “dwarf letter”. The new stricter guidlines were chosen in favor of a more inclusive proposal that would have granted full letter status to several other lesser symbols used in English writing such as “&”, “$”, “#”, and “¢”.