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    Quote Originally Posted by Tranimatronic View Post
    ...The English guy saying 'ZEE' is obviously an impostor....
    Good to know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tranimatronic View Post
    The English guy saying 'ZEE' is obviously an impostor....
    Have at him: he goes by "tonyhall007" on YouTube:


    The one where I caught him saying "zee" ( quelle horreur!!! ) was a nice little tute on constructing a low-poly fish in LWM. I believe he teaches a beginning LW class at West Notts College.

    EDIT: ahhhhhh, "West Notts" seems to be a colloquialism for "West Nottinghamshire College". Like "Wazzu" for my alma mater.
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    ...and what about "Z cars" - um, that's with a zed!

    Geez, I'm ancient.

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    Ok, so what is said when reciting the alphabet?
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    "Zed".

    BTW, wasn't "Zed" the name of the titular protagonist of "A Wizard of Earthsea"? That's like being named "Omega".
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    And the other letters? In keeping, they should be cited using the NATO Phonetic Alphabet: "Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot..." or similar, just so there's no ambiguity.
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    People actually say Zee Brush? How quaint.

    Oh, and a missile is any object with a ballistic trajectory, hence the more correct term, guided missile. A rocket is a self powered missile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spherical View Post
    And the other letters? In keeping, they should be cited using the NATO Phonetic Alphabet: "Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot..." or similar, just so there's no ambiguity.
    so what's zed then - used to be 'zulu'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkmouse View Post
    People actually say Zee Brush? How quaint.
    Whats more quaint is their mispronunciation of a popular english swear word.
    I still fall around laughing when someone calls me a "TWOT". It has neither the comedy or venom you can instill in the English way of saying it.

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    I lived in California for many years. Back in the North of England now. Sometimes, without meaning to, I say "Zee". Figure I'm allowed. Sometimes I look at my fuel gauge and say "I need gas." Usually I correct myself. Maybe the Notts College chappie spent some time in the USA?

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    ...hood, bonnet...
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    "aluminum."
    I wonder if it was Webster who changed the spelling of aluminium? I bet it was, the dog brained oaf. Making a language easier to spell makes it less interesting, or, in other words, worse. He didn't change the spelling of anything else in the Periodic Table that ends "-ium." Probably because he was too thick to know all those other things existed.

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    Since It's not my mother language and most tutorials I saw including William Vaughn and Larry (I could be wrong) I use Zee all the time
    Also in portuguese Z reads like Zę so it's easier to fallback to Zee.

    Zed only for this guy, ehehe


    Did sound new first time I listened in on a english tut vid.
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    Maybe "aluminum" was a typo, but someone was too embarrassed to admit it.

    I'd sure like to visit the UK in the summer. And I'm from Seattle, so I have low expectations, sun-wise.
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    The etymology of "Aluminum" is much more convoluted than I suggested:
    http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/aluminium.htm
    (Only of interest if this is the kind of nerdy thing you like to read about! Otherwise, kinda boring.)

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    Nissan Fairlady Zed. Its not called Nissan Fairlady Zee.
    Zee sounds weeny.

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    I hope no one says "sod" for "c".
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