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Old 08-18-2004, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default canadians, why do you call Z zed?

like the title says, every other letter you just say the letter, but for Z you say Zed


BTW before anyone else says it, "Zed's dead baby"
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:11 AM   #2
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:12 AM   #3
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They seem to in England too.. Like in the Top Gear vids. the BMW Zed3
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:13 AM   #4
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Canadians use british spellings, except for 'tyre'.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:14 AM   #5
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What about Olde and Colour?
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:14 AM   #6
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Canadians use british spellings, except for 'tyre'.
You guys bastardized a good language.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:14 AM   #7
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"Zed" is from Latin I believe, it's the correct way to say it. "Zeee" is how the lazy Americans call it.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:14 AM   #8
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Because we are Canadian...it's that simple.
Long answer is that we remained faithful to the British monarchy back in 1776, when you guys decided to kick them the hell out.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:18 AM   #9
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Because we are Canadian...it's that simple.
Long answer is that we remained faithful to the British monarchy back in 1776, when you guys decided to kick them the hell out.
but the letters are pronounced the way the sound, you dont say "zedbra" when you see a zebra do you?
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:19 AM   #10
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What about Olde and Colour?

yes canadians use colour and armour, but using olde is old. The British dropped the e too i'm pretty sure.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:19 AM   #11
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but the letters are pronounced the way the sound, you dont say "zedbra" when you see a zebra do you?
Yes ...
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:22 AM   #12
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The school I went to England didnt teach the alphabet A,B,C etc. It was Ah, Ba, Say, Day E, Fuh... Well its hard to explain. I guess Zee should be Zee. But its Zed.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:23 AM   #13
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The school I went to England didnt teach the alphabet A,B,C etc. It was Ah, Ba, Say, Day E, Fuh... Well its hard to explain. I guess Zee should be Zee. But its Zed.
I assume you were about 5 or 6 years old?
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:24 AM   #14
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My husband also says other funny Canadian/Anglophonic things, like pronouncing "again" the way it's spelled.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:25 AM   #15
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but the letters are pronounced the way the sound, you dont say "zedbra" when you see a zebra do you?
What planet are you from? Do they pronounce [T-Hanks] [K-nife] [AS-Hade] over there?
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:29 AM   #16
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To piss Americans off!!!!
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:30 AM   #17
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My husband also says other funny Canadian/Anglophonic things, like pronouncing "again" the way it's spelled.
I don't get it.

Again: uh-GEHN. S'how it's pronounced, unless your husband is one of those annoyingly nasal Ontario outcasts.


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Old 08-18-2004, 09:30 AM   #18
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Armour, humour, colour..

many words arnt pronouced the same as in the alphabet. you don't say Aeplles do you?

Someone called me from New Jersy (or should I say New Joisey ) and before they hung up they said how they liked my accent. MY accent? Whatever Doll, see ya later babe But I am now curious as to how my accent sounds...
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:31 AM   #19
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Husband was raised mostly in Niagara Falls, but he was born in Malaysia and lived all over the middle east in areas that were mostly British colonies at one time.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:37 AM   #20
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Husband was raised mostly in Niagara Falls, but he was born in Malaysia and lived all over the middle east in areas that were mostly British colonies at one time.
Like that's some kind of excuse.

I dunno, I always thought the Zed thing was something we appropriated from the French-speakers in Canuckistan. Interesting.


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Old 08-18-2004, 09:59 AM   #21
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i work in warranty for tommy armour/ram and when canucks call in and ask for a "zed x tour" club im like, "huh, you mean ZX?"

they always say I have a southern accent too. I hate that, i dont like southern accents and i definitely dont want to be told i talk like im from the south. but to America Jr. everything is the South.
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Old 08-18-2004, 11:32 AM   #22
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zed ( P ) Pronunciation Key (zd)
n. Chiefly British
The letter z.

[Middle English, from Old French zede, from Late Latin zta, zeta, from Greek. See zeta.]

zed

\Zed\, n. [F., probably through It. zeta, fr. L. zeta. See Zeta.] The letter {Z}; -- called also zee, and formerly izzard. ``Zed, thou unnecessary letter!'' --Shak


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n : the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet; "the British call Z zed and the Scots call it ezed but Americans call it zee"; "he doesn't know A from izzard" [syn: {Z}, zee, ezed, izzard]
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Coache Zed says "GOUDE JORB!"
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