I’m intrigued to know the rationale for the way Brittney Spears’ name is spelt in arabic: بريتني سبيرص
In particular I wonder why the letter ṣād is used at the end, rather than zayn? It’s a long time since I originally learnt the Arabic alphabet, but I remember thinking of zayn as expressing the same as the English Z or voiced S, but of ṣād as a much heavier sound that doesn’t really appear in English: in short, ignorant as I am, I’d have expected a zayn there. What’s wrong with my train of thought?
Thanks very much,