If you’ve ever passed Kingston Harbour, or driven around Jamaica , you’ve likely seen it too. When I was younger, I was torn between whether it was supposed to be read “DIX” or “DIZ”. It turns out, it’s neither.
This Hebrew word, צים (tsim) is romanized below; Zim, the name of an Israeli shipping company. One or two summers ago, as I was relearning the Hebrew alphabet, I finally recognised this as Hebrew. Took this pic with my phone one day as I was walking home from work.
I used to wonder why the ‘ts’ sound is sometimes translated into English a ‘z’, but then, I thought of words like pizza, and realised that in early English (or, the languages that influenced English), ‘z’ probably sounded like ‘ts’. Weird.
Anyway, Zim gets free advertising because of my randomness. Heh. Go me.