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If the Brits call "Z", zed ...


As Fawcett was doing all through the movie, Lost City of Zed ...
then why do they not call "B" bed, or "P" ped, or "T" ted ????

It sounds so pretentious, but that is Britain.

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good question

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What don't Americans and Brits call "F" Fee or "N" Nee?

Not all letters need to end with ee...

All kidding aside, it would be interesting to know the origins of Zee vs. Zed, but I fear it would be as difficult as finding that lost city... 😉

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You seem to be under the delusion that every letter needs to end with "ee" so then why do you pronounce "R" as "Are" instead of "Ree". Or "Y" as "Why" instead of "Yee". What's so special about "Eff" that it doesn't need to end like "Fee"? Why isn't "H" pronounced "Hee"?

Also, English originated in England so technically Americans are the ones that fucked it up.

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When someone asks you a question, it does not necessarily mean that they believe in or are delusional about what they asking about. I think Americans streamlined and simplified English if anything ... may be one of the few things we've done right.

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One of the few things we've done right?

We are not the world leader for no reason.

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You're a world leader for the right reasons, not the wrong ones. There's no reason why the most powerful country on earth needs to continue using the imperial system for example. The English created that system and even they abandoned it in favor of Metric. No excuse.

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What do Americans actually call their laughably outdated and unintuitive ,system of weights and measures?
Surely they dont call it its proper name - the "Imperial" system?

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You're not a world leader at all. People openly laugh at the US and its orange president nowadays. When I think of the USA, I think of nuclear bombings, massacres, drone strikes, coups, invasions and the support of dictators. The USA is an example of what not to be.

The US was the leader of the 20th century. China will likely be the leader of the 21st. At least China has good food.

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It seems it comes from a French letter and earlier from Greek (according to a quick internet search)...

So Zed is closer to the earlier use, but Zee appeared in America a couple of hundred years ago so has been in use for a long enough time...

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