Recently I was watching "Men in Black" (it was being played on a cable station and there was nothing else on) and for the first time, I noticed that "Agent Zed" did in fact fall in line with the movie's naming conventions "J" and "K" are named after letters, so I always wondered why Zed was not. Then I remembered that the British and French call pronounce "Z" as "Zed."
Why was "Agent Zed" not called "Agent Zee" in an American production? Are there areas of the country that say "Zed?" How about Canada? Austrlia, New Zealand, &c. &c.?
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Why was "Agent Zed" not called "Agent Zee" in an American production? Are there areas of the country that say "Zed?" How about Canada? Austrlia, New Zealand, &c. &c.?

Obviously it's "Zee" in New Zealand, otherwise it would be New Zedland!
Why was "Agent Zed" not called "Agent Zee" in an American production?

I dunno. Humor (ar ar)?
Are there areas of the country that say "Zed?"

No.
How about Canada? Austrlia, New Zealand, &c. &c.?

Canada uses "zed", I know (I'm not sure if they do so exclusively). I assume Australia and NZ do as well (NTM Steve Hayes).
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Recently I was watching "Men in Black" (it was being played on a cable station and there was nothing else ... an American production? Are there areas of the country that say "Zed?" How about Canada? Austrlia, New Zealand, &c. &c.?

I've heard Jamaican and Canadian speakers calling it "zed". But USAmericans, no, never. Here in the US, we wouldn't be caught dead calling it that. Not for any reason.

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Recently I was watching "Men in Black" (it was being played on a cable station and there was nothing else ... with the movie's naming conventions "J" and "K" are named after letters, so I always wondered why Zed was not.

"J" was short for "Jay",
"K" was short for "Kaye",
"Zed" was short for "Zedidiah".
...
"L" was short for "Eloise",
"P" was short for "Peter",
"R" was short for "Arnold",
Jim Ward filted:
Recently I was watching "Men in Black" (it was being ... after letters, so I always wondered why Zed was not.

"J" was short for "Jay", "K" was short for "Kaye", "Zed" was short for "Zedidiah". ... "L" was short for "Eloise", "P" was short for "Peter", "R" was short for "Arnold",

Hey, I could go by my middle name and be Agent U!...r
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Speaking of Canadian "zed", I came across this recently in Gregg Easterbrook's "Tuesday Morning Quarterback" column:

http://nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/7730428
Jacqueline McAra of Vancouver, British Columbia, notes that I have resolved to call the game's end "triple zeros," since most game clocks show 0:00 at that point. But a few say 00:00 "quad zed" to a Canadian so shouldn't I say "multiple zeros," Jacqueline wonders. In the interest of Canadio-American friendship, henceforth I will call the moment of game's end "all zeds." Mr. Data, make it so!

Checking the AUE archive, I don't see too much on "zed" meaning "zero". There was some discussion in 2000 of a perplexing usage by George Bush the Elder ("His credibility is zilch, zero, zed"):

Removed)

No one seemed to recognize "zed"="zero" in that thread, but I see various sites suggesting "the Zeds" as a name for our current decade:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/columns/navigator/980604/front.htm http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi m1318/is 9 53/ai 55467966 http://www.keepmedia.com/ShowItemDetails.do?item id=227444 http://www.odu.edu/ao/instadv/quest/aftermidnight.html http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/96mar/wordcour/wordcour.htm

Is "zed" for "zero" a recognized BrE/CanE/AusE/NZE-ism?
Yes. It's zed in New Zealand.
Recently I was watching "Men in Black" (it was being played on a cable station and there was nothing else ... an American production? Are there areas of the country that say "Zed?" How about Canada? Austrlia, New Zealand, &c. &c.?

Zed's dead, baby.

John Dean
Oxford
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