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Dear World, There Is No 'Z' In 'Muslim'

It's pronounced like it's spelled.

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So, most Muslims pronounce the word "Muslim" pretty much how it's spelled.

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So why are "Mozlem" and "Muzlim" such common American pronunciations?

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Not to pick on Jimmy Kimmel in particular; it's pretty much a nationwide epidemic.

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Just to point out the difference, here's the side-by-side in Roman script.

Most people say it like the right, but it's spelled and pronounced like the left.
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Most people say it like the right, but it's spelled and pronounced like the left.

And here it is in Arabic script.

Again, same thing. On the right, how it's accurately spelled and pronounced - 'Muslim.' On the left, a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WORD.
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Again, same thing. On the right, how it's accurately spelled and pronounced - 'Muslim.' On the left, a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WORD.

Both languages are in complete agreement there is a difference between the letter "S" and a "Z" in spelling AND pronunciation.

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So where y'all finding the Z?

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Seriously, where?

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W H E R E

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H O W

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So let's say you're like "Nah, I'm good. I'll keep pronouncing it 'Mozlem.'" Here is a list of proposed spelling changes.

Muzlim

Izlam

Benito Muzzolini

Muzcles

Muzzels (like the shellfish)

Muzic

Muzket

Bernie Zanders

Wis Khalifa

Jay-S (the rapper)

Wisard of Os

Mussle (like for a dog)

Taylor Zwift

Pepperoni Pissa ("Let's go get some 'Sa, bro.")

Pazta Sauce

Zpelling Bee

Zalami

Zpaghetti-O's

  1. OK, to recap. How is "Muslim" spelled?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Muslim
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mozlem
  2. How is "Muslim" pronounced?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Muslim
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mozlem

Muslim. Not Mozlem. Get it together.

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