British accent stereotypes - 'news'

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 5 01:06:23 UTC 2008

On Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 6:37 PM, Dennis Preston <preston at> wrote:
> WTF does "zed" (the "word") mean? What consonant letters in the
>  alphabet (never pronounced "by themselves') would not qualify? Isn't
>  "b" "bee" and "c" "sea," etc...?
>  dInIs

"Information? I need the number of the Caseway Insurance Company."

"Would you spell that, please?"

"Certainly. C as in cue. A as in aye. S as in sea. E as in eye. W as
in why. A as in are. Y as in you."

"Just a minute, sir. I'll connect you with my supervisor."

Mark Mandel

(I heard this years ago, but being too lazy to type it in I tried
Google just now. I found this at
[but I corrected it from "C as in sea"].)

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