Zee vs. Zed

In this lesson, we're gonna learn about all the differences and similarities between these two words. I know you're confused. Join me.

"Zee" vs. "Zed" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

They are both pronunciations of the letter 'Z'. However, Americans pronounce it 'zee', whereas, British speakers pronounce it 'zed'.

Differences

Americans prefer to pronounce the letter /Z/ 'zee', whereas, 'British speakers tend to pronounce it 'zed'. Look at the different spellings of 'zebra' by American and English speakers:

American speakers: Z (zee) - E - B - R - A

British speakers: Z (zed) - E - B - R - A

Similarities

They are both different pronunciations of the letter 'Z'. Look at the spelling of the word 'zealot' below:

American speakers: Z (zee) - E - A - L - O - T

British speakers: Z (zed) - E - A - L - O - T

Are They Interchangeable?

Since they are both one and the same, most native speakers use them interchangeably. Look at the spelling of the word 'zoo':

✓ American speakers: Z (zee) - O - O

✓ British speakers: Z (zed) - O - O

As you can see, both are correct.

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