British accent stereotypes - 'news'

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Fri Apr 4 19:52:28 UTC 2008

Wilson wrote:
Which reminds me of the time that a Canadian friend had an epiphany when she
realized that the Alphabet Song rhymes fully, if you use American "zee" and
not Canadio-British "zed."

What's with that 'zed', anyway? I remember snickers from a newsagent when I
said I was in search of an 'A To Z' (street map). He said, "You mean an
'A To Zed'.
I've long wondered how the Brit-English alphabet can have a letter that is
pronounced, and spelled, as a word.
Anyone know why that is?

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