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Top 20 Words Starting with Z

Which words starting with z occur most frequently in English?
Excludes suffixes -s, -ing, -ed, -er, -al where the root word also appears in this list
Excludes the following words that I cannot believe are in the Top 20: zaire, zeta, zeolite (each 2) zloty, zander (each 1)
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: December 21, 2014
First submittedDecember 21, 2014
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freq
word
1
zany
1
zap
3
zeal
1
zealot
1
zealous
4
zebra
2
zenith
2
zeppelin
47
zero
2
zest
freq
word
3
zigzag
8
zinc
11
zip
4
zodiac
1
zombie
63
zone
17
zoo
2
zoologist
1
zoology
6
zoom
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level 63
Dec 21, 2014
Surprised zen didn't make it.
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level 72
Dec 21, 2014
Me too. We've emailed the word listmaster to confirm whether zen really does lie outside the top-20, and will update this reply after hearing back.
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level 77
Dec 21, 2014
I'm surprised "zipper" didn't make it.
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level 72
Dec 22, 2014
It did (it is a 2) - I've added -er as an excluded suffix.
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level 62
Aug 5, 2016
So I get zeppelin, zealot, zenith, etc, but not zoo!!!!!! How can this be?? Great quiz.