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    Talking Z - what do you say when you see it?

    Actually I was thinking about asking, do you pronounce it Ze or Zed? because I used to hear Zed for that letter
    Still can't get it out of my head
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    Zed is the correct English pronounciation - Zee is the US English pronounciation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tailslide
    Zed is the correct English pronounciation - Zee is the US English pronounciation.
    Is it really? I would think it pronounced 'zed' to make sure it's distinguished from the numeral 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tailslide
    Zed is the correct English pronounciation - Zee is the US English pronounciation.
    I thought about that too because most of my teachers only use British English.
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    I like Zee.

    I like to say Z(ee)ebra, not Z(ed)ebra.

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    "Säta"

    When speaking English, I'd normally say 'zed'. If I were speaking to an American, I might say 'zee'.
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    An S flipped horizontally.

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    It depends, actually.

    I say "zed" most times... mostly because I think it sounds cooler.

    But I think the ole alphabet song that got drilled into my head when I was 3 inspires me to say "zee" when I'm not paying attention.

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    I voted Zoro but I see it as Zed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero Doug
    I like Zee.

    I like to say Z(ee)ebra, not Z(ed)ebra.
    I say Z(e)bra (ryhmes with Debra).

    Do you call people D(ee)bra? 'Cause according to your rule, your should...

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    when i see Z i think "zed" also a life saving word when ur left with the Z in scrabble

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    It is 'Zed' in British English. Anything else is incorrect. Also, it is 'Zebra', not 'Zeebra'.

    Same goes for people who pronounce H with the H sound at the front - 'haytch' - this is wrong. It is just 'aytch'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero Doug
    I like Zee.

    I like to say Z(ee)ebra, not Z(ed)ebra.
    You are mixing up the pronunciation of the letter with the pronunciation of a word containing that letter.

    You don't say 'Aytch-atch' for 'Hatch', do you? or 'Bee-all' for 'Ball'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAWK
    I say Z(e)bra (ryhmes with Debra).

    Do you call people D(ee)bra? 'Cause according to your rule, your should...
    Lol, very nice. Break it doen phonically though.

    Ze-bra <- American flavour, my choice

    Zeb-ra <- Even the British flavour still has the Zee sound though. In this word it's not Z were pronouncing, we're pronouncing Zeb, take away the B and pronounce Ze, what do you say? I say Zee, but I'm from Canada, so it's natural for me.

    But with Deb-ra. I still say "de", but with a "b" at the end it changes the phonetics in to "deb" - "eb".

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    once again... just because a letter has a certain pronunciation on its own, doesn't mean it keeps it when it's used in a word.

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    From my ham radio days I can still use the name association for each letter. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, etc.

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    I'm a pilot in my spare time, so I use all that too :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by drhowarddrfine
    From my ham radio days I can still use the name association for each letter. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, etc.
    So really one of the options should have been Zulu right?
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    Zed, is how I pronounce it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormrider
    once again... just because a letter has a certain pronunciation on its own, doesn't mean it keeps it when it's used in a word.
    Exactly, that was what I was saying about debra. The "eb" changed the "dee" sound to a "eb" sound, but that doesn't mean that it changes the "d" in the alphabet to an "eb" sound. D alone will always be a "de" sound.

    The same with Z (in my opinion). Together with "eb" it's not an "EE" sound but a "eb" sound.

    In Zebra (I now think this has turned out to be a bad example) using American pronunciation the "ee" sound is kept with a letter combination of "Ze", but in British pronunciation they typically zay Zed-bra. The d shouldn't be pronounced after the "e", it should come before the "e", at the "Z", or dropped altogether. It's a weird way of doing it, I don't prefer it, and either one is completely understandable so the difference is negligible.

    P.S. I'd like to add that I don't regularly watch British nature shows, so I'm not 100% sure of their pronunciation of Zebra.

    But what about words like Zack, Zorro, Zesty, Zag, Zeal, Zen, Zend, Zenith, Zeolite, Zero, Zibet, Zig, Zila, Zolaism, Zombie, Zone, Zonked, Zoo, Zulu, Zurich, Zygal?

    To the British people here, how do you pronounce them? Yes I know it's a letter combo, but for each and every one of those combo's I say Z with an "ee" sound, so to me it makes sense that a Z alone will keep the "ee" sound.

    This is how I see it, I'd like to hear a British person's opinion.

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    I'm pretty sure you don't say zeeulu you don't pronounce the "ee" you only pronounce the "zzz" bit.

    In the same way the letter Q is spoken as Kue but you don't say Kue-een when you say the word queen do you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero Doug
    but in British pronunciation they typically say Zed-bra.
    No they/we don't... We don't pronounce the d at all.

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    Ah, like I said above I wasn't 100% sure about that.

    I'm pretty sure you don't say zeeulu you don't pronounce the "ee" you only pronounce the "zzz" bit.
    Very true, so I suppose it really doesn't matter if you say "zee" or "zed" because you don't really seem to say either when saying a word, just the "zz" sound as you said.

    I do see more in common with "zz" and "zee" as opposed to "zed". so I'll have to stick by my origional statement;

    I like saying Ze-bra and not zeb-ra.

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    I say "zee," except when I'm in the mood to be stupid... then I say "zed" of course.

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    Even people who say ZED use ZEE in their A-B-Cs.
    Do Brits sing ...S-T-U and V, W-X-Y and Zed?


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