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  1. #51
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    Yeah I'm fairly certain it's 'ZEB-rah' for me. And 'aitch' is definitely right too
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahmezz View Post
    As for the alphabet song, we sang 'double you, ecks, why and zed' and then the rhyme at the end ('Now I know my ABC, won't you come and sing with me'), which of course didn't rhyme at all! I'm in Australia, by the way. And we definitely say ZEB-ruh!
    We sing it the same here, although we say ZEE-bra.
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    Zebra said like "ZEB-rah" is sort of blowing my mind! I've always been interested in accents and languages and such, but I've never come across that pronunciation. I say ZEE-brah, and Aitch. I say Zee for "Z", but the Anglophile in me is just yearning to use zed instead--I don't know why I don't, since I use other fairly common British phrases (at least, I think they're fairly common British phrases!) like straightaway instead of right away, and "two weeks' time" instead of "in two weeks" and chuffed and such. Zed would certainly fit right in. :]
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    Quote Originally Posted by southern.maple View Post
    There are people who say 'zed' instead of 'zee?' What??

    I say aitch.
    Yeah, that kind of dazed me for a moment too. Never heard of it before. Everyone here says 'zee'. Ditto the 'aitch'.

    Oh, and definitely 'ZEE-bruh' (though I can see how 'ZEB-ruh' works, too)

    Another question, ANT or ONT for aunt (or both)?
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    This is so interesting. I'd never heard 'zed' before until this thread.

    @chrisco: "Ant" vs "Ont" is kind of a strange thing around here in my part of the South. Almost without exception, white people say "ant" and black people say "ont" or "ontie." I have no idea why that is.
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