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Jen and I were watching the British "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" earlier tonight, and the comment came up about the final letter in the alphabet. Here in America, it is pronounced "zee". In Great Britian, it is pronounces "zed". What flabbergasted me is that Jen didn't know this. She had no idea, which means I had to explain it.

Of course, then she asked why they are pronounced differently. Uh.... I dunno. Anyone have an idea of what to tell here, apart from "Don't ask me questions like that!"?


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Nov. 15th, 2002 11:03 pm (UTC)
The educator's asking questions? <g&gt:
Maybe Jen should pose that to her class on Monday for extra credit. :-)

I did a quick search on Google, Yahoo and Jeeves but came up empty. I'm sure one of our friends in the Commonwealth (Jay, Dickson) can help us out with this conundrum.
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Nov. 18th, 2002 09:31 am (UTC)
Re: The educator's asking questions? <g&gt:
Hmm.... The Germans pronounce is like tset, which is similar to Zeta... This adds cadience to your theory, which I'm beginning to like more and more...
Nov. 17th, 2002 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: The educator's asking questions? <g&gt:
*draws blank*

Good question, though! If I dig up the answer, further than the links that have otherwise been posted, I'll let you know...
Nov. 18th, 2002 09:28 am (UTC)
An interesting article on the historical trends caused by Seasme Street. I knew that Bert was up to something... =)
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