Why do so many parents incorrectly spell the short form of Zachary?

Shortening Zachary to Zach is exactly like shortening Michael to Mich; it makes little sense. There are many words that rhyme with the first syllable of Zachary: Pack, Jack, Track, Back, Lack.... Did you see any 'ach' words? No, can you think of any 'ach' words? How about mach as in the speed of sound, wait, that's pronounced differently. EXACTLY!! I could even go with Zac (Pac, Mac) but Zach makes absolutely zero sense, please knock it off. Technically, Zach is short for Zachariah. In many cases the spelling is changed for a shortened name instead of merely cutting the full name off after the first syllable. If everyone followed the stupidity these names would be common: Dav, Stev, Franc, Kenn, Jo, Mich.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago
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    Your logic is that because there are no one syllable English words (rhyming with Zach) that end in 'ch' sounding like /k/ that that makes the phonogram incorrect in this instance.

    The phonogram 'ch' for the /k/ sound comes to English from Hebrew Chaldea and Greek origins. This phonogram is so seldom used in English that it is somewhat of a novelty; hence, your not finding many one syllable word ending in it. There are no phonetic rules in English, Greek, nor Hebrew Chaldea that prevent the use of Zach as a shortened form of Zachary. Just because you cannot find a similar phonetic example in English, it doesn't mean that it cannot be used.

    The use of the name Zachary comes mostly from Hebrew. It is a shortened form of Zacharia which means 'God remembers'. It also has a Greek origin. In Greek, zachari is the term for sugar.

    In a generation where novel spellings for names is so prevalent, neither logic nor genuine phonetic rules will stop parents from giving their children a unique 'name identity'. Considering that you genuinely do not even have a phonetic rule to stand on making 'Zach' incorrect, I would suggest you stop your rude behavior of making changes to other people's names on public listings or contacting them to make fun of their name's spelling.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Zach is the correct way.


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