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Posted by 2010Challenger on Monday, April 02, 2018 5:44 PM

I've never heard anyone from the US pronounce it "Zed", only people from the UK and Australia. It's always "Zee".

And it's been with everyone I've ever heard, "4-4-Oh".

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Posted by 2010Challenger on Monday, April 02, 2018 5:47 PM

Overmod

 No one I ever met in the United States said 'zed'.  That's a Britannicism seen in other ex-Dominions like Oz or EnZed.  It's 'ex,wye,zee' here and long may it stay so; let the French keep their ygrec and such.

And where I come from, Chesterfield is a coat.  And within my living memory people also called that article of furniture a 'divan' or 'davenport' -- more regional fun.

 

 We knew someone from Chicago who called it a "Dufoe". I remember asking her how it was spelled. Some old lady in a movie called the couch/sofa a "Dufoe", and I cracked up laughing. It was embarrassing.

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Posted by ahuffman on Monday, April 02, 2018 7:59 PM

Nothing to add here except I've rarely enjoyed a thread here as much as this one.  Having lived in some of the places mentioned and run into some of the variations in language, not too much surprises me anymore.  I do have to say that when I lived in Australia, it took me awhile to figure out what a Manchester sale was at the local department store.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 6:53 AM

2010Challenger

I've never heard anyone from the US pronounce it "Zed", only people from the UK and Australia. It's always "Zee".

I first heard it pronounced "Zed" from my opposite numbers at Canadian Customs at Pigeon River, ON many years ago when I worked as a seasonal inspector with INS at Grand Portage MN.

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 4:30 PM

So how is the band ZZ Top announced?

         

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 10:26 AM

When I first moved to Toronto, I was at a friend's house. His wife asked if I wanted to sit in the Lay-Zee-Boy chair. I asked, "Since this is Canada and all, shouldn't it be Lay-Zed-Boy?" She was not amused but her husband was. 

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Posted by Dug Fin on Monday, April 09, 2018 10:33 PM

"While nothing in that movie even vaguely resembled real life for anyone, "

I used to eat breakfast in the diner. It was in Hawthorne on Hawthorne Blvd. Seemed all too real to me! A few years after the movie they tore it down and built an AutoZone there.

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