Do the British sleep with zedzedzedzedzedzeds above their heads?

…if not, how do they textually snore?

Very serious question.


It’s not like you say “Zee zee zee zee zee zee zee zee zee zee”, is it? (Or is it, I don’t know). It’s one long zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz sound.

No, we don’t snore in such an uncouth fashion. It’s more of a tired and bored “Hrummph” noise, like a pig being all concerned about her little piglets.

Do American babies cry DubyaDubyaDubyaDubyaDubyaDubyaAyAitch :slight_smile:

‘Zee’ sounds weird to me. I have to call the US a lot for work, and my last name starts with a ‘Z’. I always have to mentally prepare myself before spelling out my name over the phone, because if I accidentally say ‘zed’ instead of ‘zee’ we end up with my name being ‘Zedimmer’ intsead of ‘Zimmer’ (example, not my name). Americans literally spell out ‘zed’. Weird.

I nearly missed a flight out of Los Angeles many years ago because I was flying Air New Zealand (Flight Numbers: NZ#) and the people at the airport were announcing "Now boarding flight “En Zee 2…” whereas I was listening for “Now boarding flight En Zed 2…”

I have heard Brits say “I need to get some zeds” meaning 'I need sleep", but otherwise, we don’t spell it out the same way we don’t generally spell out any letters, just like everyone else.

‘Zebra’ is pronounced with a short e (as in ‘Ted’)

No it isn’t :slight_smile:

It is in some places.

I’m Scottish and I say ‘zeebra’. I never thought about it until someone accused me of adopting an Americanism (I replied ‘Sir! I demand satisfaction!’:p). I don’t know, but I don’t think there’s any connection between calling the letter ‘zee’ and pronouncing the animal ‘zeebra’.

Down here in Oz, we get a few zeds, and we say zebra to rhyme with Ted. Anyone who says anything different has usually been watching too much cheap American television. This means that slowly the poor and not so bright kids are adopting zee and zeebras. :stuck_out_tongue: Then again, when I snore it is more like a poorly tuned chainsaw. Or so I’m told. :smiley:

The only time Americans hear “zebra” to rhyme with “Ted”, they hear it with a slight lisp, the way Terry-Thomas says it in the movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

:eek: :confused: I don’t care how you guys pronounce it, but zebra will never – no, not ever – rhyme with Ted. :dubious:

What if the zebra’s name is Ned?

I was just going to ask if this idiom was used in Britain.

Zebras called Ned tended to get shunned by their peers for having such a horse name. Fred is more common, though even then other zebras tend to feel it’s a bit fuddy-duddy for their stylish two-tone image.

I was always tickled by the “zebra crossing” on the streets. I always pictured a herd of zebra crossing. Ned was there.

Am I to understand that in Britain, the last letter of the alphabet is called “zed”?? Really? How could I never have noticed this? I watch a lot of British shows. Surely they’d had to have said the letter at some point and I’d have heard it? Do any other places do this? Can’t believe I’ve never known. Oh, and there’s people that say “zedbra”? That’s just plain nutty.

No, you misunderstand. No one ever says ‘zedbra’, they say ‘zehbra’. I take it you never saw the fantastic 70s cop show “Z Cars”.

No, it isn’t zed-bra. It is ze-bra, short e not long e. We hear Americans pronounce it zeebra.

So short e as in Ted. But not the d.

The answer is that the letter Z’s name is prounounced “zed” in most British colonies. Canada excluded. But we don’t pronounce zebra using the name of the letter Z. Which the Americans do.