Save the Zed

Blogging through the Alphabet.  Ah it's been a good 26 week run hasn't it?  I hope you've enjoyed it as much as Amanda and I have!   This week we celebrate the letter Z.

In case you missed any posts:

A: Sidney Altman.
B: Beavers.
C: O Canada.
D: DogSledding in Canada.
E: Edgewalk.
F: Frogs.
G: The Greats of Canada.
H: Henry Hudson.
I: Igloos and Inukshuks Work.
J: J starts with Jump Canada.
K: Karst.
L: Loonies and Twonies.
M: Maple Syrup.
N: Miss Natalie.
O: OHIP
P: Prickly Pear Cactus.
Q: Questions about Canada.
R: Raving, Rabid, Rabbits.
S: Skating.
T: Toque.
U: UFO Landing Page.
V: V, Canadian Style.
W: Winnie the Pooh.
X: Excellent Time to Celebrate Canada's Birthday.
Y: Yukon.
Z is for Zed!

In Canada, we pronounce the letter Z as Zed.    Zed is how the British do it, so we do too.  Dating way back to the 15th century!

While British and American English have distinct vocabularies, Canadian English vocabulary is informed by both. For the most part, however, Canadian English follows the American influence, with Canadians preferring flashlight to torch and diaper to nappy, for example. Zed is perhaps the most iconic instance of Canadians preferring the British term to the American.  (source)

Much of our spelling is done the British way to, eh?


I have to admit to feeling a bit alarmed part way through this video... will the insidiousness of American childrens programming speak to the end of the proper way to say Z?   I really hope not.  It's good to love our American neighbours, but also very good to be different from them as well.  :)


Long may our ZED survive!!!!!

 
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13 comments

  1. We like your Zed and hope it survives too! My kids (especially my boy) like to say Zed instead of Zee, thanks to the Snacktime! album by one of our favorite Canadian musicians (or group rather), BNL :)

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  2. Wow, I did not know that.

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  3. New place to look for interesting videos. Thanks.

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    1. it's always good to find interesting videos on YouTube. My lad gets half of his new information from them. :)

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  4. So when you go to the library, do they say something like "The book is over in the Zeds?"

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    1. They might! :) If you are looking for a picture book.

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  5. I remember one of our camping trips to Pembroke and wondering about Zed. I think it's pretty cool.

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  6. Oh no, I didn't get my Z post published in time! :( Can you add it manually to the linkup? This has been such a fun blog activity to participate in-- thanks so much for hosting!! http://untoadoption.org/zoology-101/

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    1. I'll go visit, but alas, I can't comment. :(

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