If someone were to ask you to name three American communities beginning with the letter Z, could you? Unless you happen to live in one, you might have difficulties, for there are only two cities in the nation with populations exceeding 10,000 and beginning with the letter Z: ZANESVILLE, Ohio and ZION, Illinois. Yet there are many hundreds of communities in the United States beginning with the last letter of the alphabet. While some names occur in a good many states - there are numerous Zions, for example - the actual number of "different" Z names is a figure approaching two hundred. This vast reservoir of Z names surrounding us had led an underground existence until now, from a logological standpoint. The time has come to bring it out into the open.
Borgmann, Dmitri A.
"Facing the End,"
Word Ways: Vol. 21
, Article 20.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol21/iss1/20