I personally think that Nietzsche and Zen wouldn’t be even half as popular as they are if they weren’t spelled with a “Z”. Seriously, what is the draw of the “Z”? Is it the shape or its sound? Phonosemantics states that the sounds actually have meaning. Wooooooo, yeah, right. But lots of folks believe this. Mantras are based on this and many poets swear by it.
Yeah, I am skeptical about phonosemantics but this Z phenomena points to something, don’t you think? Maybe it is the shape of the letter — forget the sound. Can you think of other “Z” things that probably got a little help from the letter?
Alert: a reddit reader pointed out that maybe for this reason, we should spell “Atheism” as “Atheizm” !!!