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.
C: O Canada.
D: DogSledding in Canada.
G: The Greats of Canada.
H: Henry Hudson.
I: Igloos and Inukshuks Work.
J: J starts with Jump Canada.
L: Loonies and Twonies.
M: Maple Syrup.
N: Miss Natalie.
P: Prickly Pear Cactus.
Q: Questions about Canada.
R: Raving, Rabid, Rabbits.
U: UFO Landing Page.
V: V, Canadian Style.
W: Winnie the Pooh.
X: Excellent Time to Celebrate Canada’s Birthday.
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. 🙂
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