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

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Mon Jan 21 18:56:33 UTC 2008

A while back, didn't we discuss a word pronounced [ZUZ], a noun referring to a quick shake given to something? I have no idea how the word might be spelled!


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>Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 13:19:07 -0500
>From: Dennis Preston <preston at MSU.EDU> >
>In LIN 101 we teach students that /Z/ (the second sound in 'azure'
>the last sound in 'garage') is a silly sound (like ng) which can
>occur internally and finally but never initially. In final position
>it is giving way to /dZ/, and here in good-talking and linguistically
>secure Michigan, people surveyed were not sensitive to the final /dZ/
>pronunciation as nonstandard.
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>>Subject:      English words beginning with <j> pronounced [Z]?
>>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
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>Dennis R. Preston
>University Distinguished Professor
>Department of English
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>Michigan State University
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