English words beginning with <j> pronounced [Z]?

Nadia Gabriel nadpaz3 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 21 18:11:21 UTC 2008

Dear all,

A question out of a friend's curious brain - he is French, currently taking
lessons to improve his English:

Do you know of words, common word or proper names, in the English language
that begin with the letter <j> but that are pronounced without the [d]
sound, just the [Z] sound?
Or, to put it another way, words where the initial <j> is pronounced as in

I can't think of any!
An advanced search in the OED Online ("Entries containing Z
in Pronunciations") retrieves only one word: jinricksha, jinrikisha,
from Japanese.

I'd be grateful for any comments!
 (I must add I didn't read all the article under the entry for the letter J,
which also appeared in the results of my search - Wonderful OED)

Thank you,

 Nadia Gabriel
 Librarian & Translator

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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