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Do You Cross Your Z's?  
User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Posted (5 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3880 times:

Really random question here: do you write your z's with a bar through the middle, or not? For me, it depends if I'm writing text or equations. In text, I don't cross the Z's, but in equations, I do, so that they don't get confused with 2's.

Oddly, I think of the uncrossed z as "zee," but the crossed z as "zed." Dunno why...


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User currently offline787seattle From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3880 times:

I guess you missed posting this as Friday's Stupid Thread.  Big grin Interesting question. I don't cross my z's and have never found a good reason to.


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User currently onlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5373 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3880 times:



Quoting Yellowstone (Thread starter):
For me, it depends if I'm writing text or equations. In text, I don't cross the Z's, but in equations, I do, so that they don't get confused with 2's.

That's exactly how I do it as well.



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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8976 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

I cross my Zs and my 7s, and I used to add that diagonal line on my 1s, but Americans confuse that with an uncrossed 7 all the time so I stopped doing it.


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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3714 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3871 times:



Quoting PPVRA (Reply 3):
I cross my Zs and my 7s

I do that too, as well as a slash across my 0 (zero). I also use "a" rather than the typical a written without the top part.



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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7279 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3849 times:

I cross my Z's and 7's. My handwriting is not too good so it helps.


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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2764 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3844 times:



Quoting Yellowstone (Thread starter):
do you write your z's with a bar through the middle

Yep.



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User currently offlineVarigB707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3843 times:



Quoting PPVRA (Reply 3):
I cross my Zs and my 7s

same here.


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6457 posts, RR: 38
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3834 times:

I don't tend to write many z's but if I do, it's how it appears here. Funnily enough though, I cross my 7's.


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

No crosses through my Zs, nor are there any through my 7s. Also, no slash marks through my zeros.

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3805 times:

I cross my Zs and my 7s, plus like a good German, I don't write the 1 as if it was an I.  Wink

That being said, I don't put a slash on m Zeros, otherwise I'd have the Danish/Norwegian letter Ø (which IIRC is pronounced the same as the Swedish/German/Turkish letter Ö).



User currently offlineFuturePilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

I cross my Z's only when doing math so that I don't confuse a "Z" Variable with the number 2.


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7653 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3795 times:

I learned German before English so I was taught to cross my "z" and "7" ... but I never could make my "1" look like LTU932s example.


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15833 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3788 times:

I never have crossed either my Z or 7. Sometimes I do confuse a z and a 2, but not enough to make me change. I also do not add the upper part to my 1, but I always make sure to add the top and bottom to the I.


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User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3845 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3782 times:

Interesting point.

I like to cross my Z and 7, but it creates a lot of confusuion in some places, especially in those countries where the latin alphabet is not used.

Just the other day while telling my bank to make an international wire for me I wrote the beneficiary name with a barred Z, which the teller read as an E (well, ok, my handwriting is terrible too) and messed up the whole thing. So I certainly won't do it here anymore.



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User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

I have always crossed my 7s and z's. Many americans do cross them, and many do not. I've done it for many many years. as long as I remember. We dont do the "slash on the 1" as someone mentioned. when I lived in France, that was how it was done, but yes, it would look like an uncrossed seven.

User currently offlineBrendan03 From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

I've never ever heard of people crossing their Z's and even if I did, I wouldn't do it, In most places where you're writing stuff down, especially for work, You want things to be as distinctive as possible, Sometimes my 2's look like Zs if I'm rushing to write something but if I crossed my Z's it'd look too similar to a 7, which I always cross.


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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3754 times:



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 10):
cross my Zs and my 7s, plus like a good German, I don't write the 1 as if it was an I.

Guess I’m a good German too, as I do exactly the same as you.  Wink


User currently offlineOffloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 905 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

I never used too cross either, but after dealing with Spaniards and Portuguese for years I found I starting crossing the 7's to avoid, for the 400th time, the question "is that a 1 or a 7?" I will also cross Z's and exaggerate I's if I have written out (airline) references for people.


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User currently offlineBaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

I always cross both Zs and 7s. Mainly because my handwriting is really awful, but my mum crosses her 7s as it helps her at work, so I guess when I was learning to write I just got if from her. Zs is mainly because of doing German, and me just being me!

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User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 days ago) and read 3646 times:

Cross my Zs, 7s, and 0s.



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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 days ago) and read 3633 times:



Quoting Yellowstone (Thread starter):
I don't cross the Z's, but in equations, I do, so that they don't get confused with 2's.

Doing the exact same thing. I only cross my Zs in math.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3616 times:

No only my 7's ..........

User currently offlineGSOShutout55 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3594 times:



Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 5):
I cross my Z's and 7's. My handwriting is not too good so it helps.

same thing for me. anyway that i can differentiate my awful looking letters helps others tons.



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User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2169 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3589 times:



Quoting Yellowstone (Thread starter):
Do You Cross Your Z's?

No.  wave 



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25 CurtisMan : Just as in Reply #10 I cross my Z's (zed here in Canada), I cross my 7's and I make my 1's with a front angled tail - hehehee - I just made up that de
26 LH459 : Same here, on all counts.
27 Tugger : I don't cross my z's but I do always cross my 7's (living in Germany as a child instilled that). I will cross through a zero if it may be confused wit
28 Okie : Well I grew up with the system that had "data entry personnel" before there the idea of entering the data yourself was invented. Only a trusted employ
29 StarAlliance38 : I cross my Zs and 7s as I do my Ts Sometimes, I cross my zeroes too.
30 Grozzy : Ive never crossed any of my letters or numbers. As a surveyor, Ive been taught to write neatly in microfont (I think it is) so that if my fieldnotes g
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