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zed! “thou unnecessary letter!” KING LEAR, ii. 2. 59. “Zed is here properly used as a term of contempt, because it is the last letter in the English alphabet, and as its place may be supplied by S; and the Roman alphabet has it not; neither is it read in any word originally Teutonick. In Barret's Alvearie, or Quadruple Dictionary, 1580, it is quite omitted, as the author affirms it to be rather a syllable than a letter” (STEEVENS) . “This is taken from the grammarians of the time. Mulcaster says, ‘Z is much harder amongst us, and seldom seen: S is become its lieutenant-general. It is lightlie expressed in English, saving in foren enfranchisements’” (FARMER) .

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