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Old 2007-11-05, 02:10 AM   #1
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To all non North Americans - the letter Z

I am curious, is calling it "zed" a Canadian thing or is calling it "zee" an American thing? what does the rest of the world call the 26th letter in our alphabet?
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Old 2007-11-05, 02:13 AM   #2
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I know that in French it's also pronounced "zed", which is why Canadians pronounce it that way too.
I donno about anyone else though.
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Old 2007-11-05, 02:17 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure that calling it "zee" is a US American thing. I think all other English speaking countries call the last letter of the alphabet "zed". Let's see what our Kiwi, Aussie, British, and RSA members say.
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Old 2007-11-05, 02:31 AM   #4
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I just asked my friend, who is in Australia, on MSN, and she says not only do they pronounce Z as "zed", but they also pronounce H differently, like, "hatch" or something like that.
Crazy Australians.
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Old 2007-11-05, 02:39 AM   #5
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Yeah, most Australians say "zed", but there are a lot of people who are sort of being Americanized and say "zee". They're the same kind of people who say ass instead of arse, which sounds kind of stupid when they pronounce one word with an American accent in a sentence, but say everything else with an Australian accent.
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Old 2007-11-05, 03:09 AM   #6
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Does this mean that only US Americans can "Catch some Zs"? "Catch some Zeds" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

I've heard of border guards asking peple to go through the alphabet to see if they can trip them up when they thought a Canadian was just saying they were from the US. Now they just use passports.
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Old 2007-11-05, 04:19 AM   #7
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I've heard of border guards asking peple to go through the alphabet to see if they can trip them up when they thought a Canadian was just saying they were from the US. Now they just use passports.
And the non-Yanks answer: "A, bed, sed, ded, ed, fed, ged,..."... That's why I say it should be "zee" not "zed"... I've been having this argument for years now
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And the non-Yanks answer: "A, bed, sed, ded, ed, fed, ged,..."... That's why I say it should be "zee" not "zed"... I've been having this argument for years now
F?
H?
J?
M?
O?
Q?
Not many letters rhyme with eee....
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F?
H?
J?
M?
O?
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Not many letters rhyme with eee....
This actually made me laugh.

and thanks for the answers guys, it was very educational.
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Old 2007-11-05, 06:13 AM   #10
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I say zed. And everytime I hear someone call it zee it sort of startles me for half a second.
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Yeah, most Australians say "zed", but there are a lot of people who are sort of being Americanized and say "zee". They're the same kind of people who say ass instead of arse, which sounds kind of stupid when they pronounce one word with an American accent in a sentence, but say everything else with an Australian accent.
I hate those "Australians". And the ones who speak like they're on the fucking OC.
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i can assure you every single british perosn says zed, zee is terribly frowned upon

and i thought this was going to be a thread about the way the yanks like to throw z in to words willy-nilly in place of an s
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Old 2007-11-05, 10:21 AM   #13
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I just asked my friend, who is in Australia, on MSN, and she says not only do they pronounce Z as "zed", but they also pronounce H differently, like, "hatch" or something like that.
Crazy Australians.
why?? how do you pronounce H??
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Old 2007-11-05, 10:49 AM   #14
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I pronounce Z, Zed if I use it when saying the alphabet, not sure about other times as I never really say the letter otherwise.

I pronounce H, hay-ch basically hay with a CH sound at the end (CH as in Church not as in Chorus).
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Old 2007-11-05, 11:54 AM   #15
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I can't stand it when people say haych... it's just... so... annoyingly wrong
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