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Feel_Good_inc. 15-11-2012 02:59 PM

How do you pronounce Z?
Yes,the letter Z

While here in England it's pronounced very much like Zed.
I personally prefer the American pronunciation, which is more like Zee.

it just makes more sense to me, because when you sing the alphabet Zee flows better than Zed.

Try it: T, U, V, W, X, Y, Zee

While: T, U, V, W, X, Y, Zed!

To my ears it's like ending the rhyme with a loud THUNK!

Even a word like Zebra, makes more phonetic sense when you use the American Z.
Phonetically in England it would be pronounced Zed,bra. There is a whole letter e going unused.
While in America Zee,Bra at least sounds like it' making use of the e.

Yet most people seem to find it annoying when I say Zee instead of Zed.

in terms of spelling an pronunciation it's one of the few things I think the American's have got right.

LizzieRose 15-11-2012 03:09 PM

I never thought the British pronounced letters definitely. I'm American so I only know it as "zee". Well, until now. It sounds more like I'm saying a word instead of a letter when I say "zed".

griddlebone 15-11-2012 03:18 PM



FabulousMike 15-11-2012 03:20 PM

Zed, always zed.

I tried saying like zee before but it just felt wrong.

Zedebee 15-11-2012 03:27 PM

Oh, wow, a thread about me :-D

*coughs and deflates head*

I do see what you're getting at, Adam, Zee does sound softer.

But it's always been Zed for me, personally.

Buttons. 15-11-2012 03:28 PM

Zed, just like the extra special bean above me.

BridgesAndBalloons 15-11-2012 03:36 PM

I say Zed, I'm personally not terribly keen on American pronunciations and things, simply because I'm not American so it doesn't really make sense to me for me to use American phrases or pronunciation. But they're just my thoughts :)

Accidentally Abstract 15-11-2012 03:41 PM

Although it pains me a little to admit it, I think that the American way does kind of make more sense on this one matter.

Won't stop me from saying 'Zed' though. :P

GlitterTrashDoll 15-11-2012 03:50 PM


Zee sounds weird to me.

makedamnsure 15-11-2012 03:53 PM

American accents really annoy me unfortunately. So yeah - zed for me

Mrs Sam 15-11-2012 04:04 PM

Zed. Unless I'm saying the rhyme then id say zee.

singingintherain16 15-11-2012 04:51 PM

Definitely zed! :)

Nargles 15-11-2012 07:17 PM

I say 'zed' but I do agree that 'zee' would sound better at the end of the rhyme.

Scaredy-cat 15-11-2012 08:54 PM

I think zed sounds better in a rhyme. There was a song on this tape we used to have in the car when i was really young that sang the alphabet, and ended with x, y, zed diddly-did. Sounded just right, and for years i used to sing that end bit in my head when saying the alphabet, well, actually at one point i thought the twiddly bit at the end WAS a letter. Also thought that lmnop was one letter cos of how they sang that bit :)

Snow White. 15-11-2012 09:01 PM

I SAY ZEE (mate)

Clearly the minority here with all you Zed-ers

Muir 15-11-2012 09:55 PM

I'm Irish and I use both. I would always use Zee at the end of the alphabet 'cause I think it sounds better too. I'm trying to actually remember what I say day-to-day (I actually use the letter a lot in uni for equations). Like the zee/zed transform, but both sound fine to me. I think I just use whichever.

offlineforever 15-11-2012 09:56 PM

I use both, always have. From the UK too.

Pictsie 15-11-2012 11:36 PM

Zed always, id say zehbra rather than zeebra or zedbra

Sorry for bad typing I'm not used to my tablet keyboard

GlitterTrashDoll 15-11-2012 11:58 PM

Also; even though I say Zed not Zee, I don't pronounce Zebra like "Zed-Bra"
Because it does not have a D in it, so I pronounce it as "Zeb-bra"

Bellatrix 16-11-2012 12:00 AM

*raises hand*

Also thought lmop was a letter....

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