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Why do Brits Hate the Letter 'Z?'

Discussion in 'Games / Pics / Jokes / Stories' started by SalixIncendium, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. exchemist

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    Well we say val-lay too, you know. Norman French is certainly the source of a lot of these words in English - very little came direct from Latin, that's for sure. And in French they use S where Americans would use Z. I read that the Americans once went through a process of rationalising their spelling, to get rid of the more egregious irregularities, and that is where things like the American "color" and "honor" came from, and where doughnut lost its middle - American doughnuts have holes in the middle to this very day! Was the replacement of S by Z part of that spelling rationalisation, do you think?
     
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    It is Zed in French. Ask them.
     
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    And if course the most over powering argument for "zee":

     
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    LoL.... ..what I meant is that words like realize, idealize, have the Z like their equivalents in Italian...realizzare, idealizzare:p

    We have so many double Zs...as you noticed in pizza, our culinary symbol...
    But also pazzo, pizzo, pozza, pezzo, pezza, pozzo etc
     
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    I guess mostly accent, brits use 's', americans (who forgot to take a dictionary with them) substituted with "z'.

    Same with 'u' it is sounded so the different sound between 'colour' and 'color' immediately give away an American on tour.

    As to hate?? Nah, there is zero truth in that, now its sleepy time and i till throw out a few zzzzzzz's
     
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    Theater, theatre also:)
     
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    And many more, i have great difficulty deciding if i have spelt a word wrong now when i may have the american and british spelling confused.
     
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    Nah, it was not the lack of a u, you merely heard the letter r at the end being pronounced correcrly:D
     
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    Correcrly??? Gotya ;-)
     
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    Sorry, tablet typo. Fat fingers hit the wrong spots on the virtual keyboard.

    And that coupled with the world's worst autocorrect and you can see why my tablet is lucky it does not fly across the room at times.
     
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    'tiz strange, i have real problems sorting out letters but when they are mixed up it often hits me right between the eyes.

    And inteligent auto correct must be one of the most misused oxymorons ever. I eventually turned mine off because it was worse than me.
    I still have suggestions turned on but its it to me to unintelligently nake any changes
     
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    I have a PC with neither auto correct nor suggestions. I get along just fine. My tablet is sneaky, most of the mistakes that I make I catch right as I hit the space bar, but the auto correct fixes them. Then the second that I am not paying close attention autowrong kicks in. It takes a perfectly good word and swaps it out for the wrong one, and worse yet it is not consistent in doing so. Also for some strange reason it always thinks that the first letter in the first word of a new paragraph should be lower case. Who programmed that glitch into the system?
     
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    Go on....... say 'Worcestershire Sauce'. :p
     
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    Just ignore the British spelling and say "wusstershir" sauce.

    I had a British employee that I drove nuts. I could borrow pronounce English towns the way that they were spelled and the way that locals pronounced them. I was lucky that she did not test me on Welsh villages, but then I have a sneaking suspicion that other Brits cannot pronounce those either.
     
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    I had a ...erm...affair with a British guy living in Rome...:p
    I know how to pronoununce Worcestershire...
    Something like voo- stah- shah
     
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    We have an all singing, all dancing PC, takes too long to boot, can't carry if around and damned inconvenient when lying in bed. But handy logging on to the tax office once a year.
     
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    Is that a bet?
     
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    English places and locals. Yes.
    Somewhere to the West of Maidstone, Kent, UK is a hamlet called Trottisliegh or something like that (I can't find it just now). 40 years ago I had to travel to this place to security-survey a property. I must have stopped 20 times to ask locals for directions and every one told me that there was no such place anywhere nearby.
    I eventually 'phoned the local office to explain my problem and the telephonist laughed herself silly and said,'
    'Not Trotisliegh! They call it Trussly! They won't have known what you were talking about!'
     
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    *chuckles*
    I think that voo-stah-stah is a Russian village in the Ural mountains.
    :p
     
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    That is why I am proud of my language :p
     
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