Why Is Z the Last Letter in Our Alphabet?

Our alphabet, called the Roman alphabet, was based on the older Greek alphabet.

In Greek, the letter z is the sixth letter. But when the Romans borrowed the Greek letters to form their own alphabet, they didn’t need the z, because they didn’t have a z sound in their language.

Later, many Greek words came into use in the Latin language. So the Romans brought back the z in order to write Greek words, and put the z at the end of their alphabet.

The oldest letter in our alphabet is o, which has existed in its present form for more than 3,000 years!

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2 thoughts on “Why Is Z the Last Letter in Our Alphabet?”

  1. forgotten OLDEST ALPHABETS:

    To foreigners, who are interested ancient Civilizations. Please, see three our original alphabets, they are: 1) Oldest Georgian alphabet of Babylon; 2) Ancient Georgian alphabet, which is still is used but in our Christian churches only; 3) Georgian alphabet after Jesus Christ up to now. To the small nation to had three alphabets, it requires some sort of the reason why, is not so it?

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