How Do You Spell [z]?
1. You can hear the sound [z] at the beginning and end of the word zebras. Underline the letters that spell [z] in the following words. Do not underline any silent final <e>'s:
2. Sort the words into these two groups:
Words with [z] spelled <z>:
The Homophones phase and faze
Faze is most often used as a verb that means “to disturb or upset someone,” as in “His insult didn't faze her one bit.” Faze comes from the Old English word fēsian, “to drive away.” It is not related to any other modern words, but there is at least a spelling connection with words like daze, craze, and amaze, all of which deal with disturbances to the mind of one kind or another.
So remember faze, craze, daze, amaze to help with the <aze> spelling in faze. And remember phase, phantom, phenomenon to help with the <ph> spelling in phase.
For more on the spelling of [z] see AES, pp. 391-97.