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Etymology of lisp

A lisp is a "a speech defect in which s is pronounced like th in thick and z is pronounced like th in this". Its etymology reads: Old English wlispian (recorded in āwlyspian), from wlisp ...
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How did the letter Z become to be associated with sleeping/snoring?

In cartoons and comics it's not uncommon to see a series of Zs to indicate that a person is in deep slumber, such as in the following political cartoon. How and when did the letter Z become to be ...