from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British The letter z.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The name of the Latin script letter Z/z.
- n. Something Z-shaped. Found in compounds such as zed-bar.
- v. To sleep or nap. (Compare zzz, catch some z's.)
- v. To zigzag; to move with sharp alternating turns.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The letter z; -- called also zee, and formerly izzard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The letter Z, also called zee and sometimes izzard.
- n. A metal bar rolled so as to have a cross-section resembling the letter Z.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet
Right here in Canada, Molson struck gold when Joe Canadian proclaimed that not only is the beaver a noble creature, it's pronounced "zed;" not "zee" - "zed."
Or maybe "zed," depending on what part of the world you're in.
Not to mention their aversion to the letter z, pronounced "zed" in most British dialects and the general accent.
And I don't know if I'll ever remember to say "zed".
Best of luck with your job search and mini's arrival! ps - oh, and we do say "zed" not "zee" ... you will get chuckles from students if you say "zee".
Get to the last letter and most of the room is saying "zed" while the dirty Americans on the far side of the room are sticking with "zee."
If your ancestor's name began with "zed," you might have to wait until 2008.
The hardest one for me is remembering to call the letter z "zed".
It might be a pretty difficult shift though -- do you ever see Z and think "zed"?
Part of my job is transcribing tapes, and when lawyers spell proper names, I'm always surprised to hear "zed".