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May. 2nd, 2010 @ 06:34 pm loney!Plague is lonely
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From:rhosyn_du
Date:May 3rd, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
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Just to provide a contrary experience, I'd never heard "zed" until I majored in British Lit. in college. And it's not like I grew up in the boonies or anything, either, so I don't think it's probably reasonable to assume that most Americans know "zed."

I am, however, confused as to why teaching both as proper and which countries use which would not be the norm in teaching English to non-native speakers. Wouldn't that make the most sense?

And H is a total slut, but it's a lovable slut. I don't know what the fuck is wrong with E.
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From:rosaleendhu
Date:May 3rd, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
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Zed is one of my favorite villains from Power Rangers!

...or was that spelled Zedd?
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From:rhosyn_du
Date:May 3rd, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
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That was Zedd
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From:corellianrogue
Date:May 3rd, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Have I ever mentioned how much I adore you, Rainy? An at least passably intelligent conversation in one thread and then... Power Rangers. XD
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From:krillia
Date:May 3rd, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
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Yes, I became curious after this conversation and polled my friends, acquaintances and fellow ALTs. I do stand corrected. It does appear that zed is not as well-spread in America as I believed it to be.

I therefore apologize for my remark which certainly over-generalized and was, as you said, unreasonable.

Although now I do wonder why this is (not why my position was unreasonable. Why Americans wouldn't be taught a variation on a word that is used in multiple countries).

As for teaching it as both, well, that's obviously much too confusing for 6th graders and would make them not want to learn English ever. I have had teachers specifically tell me that I was NOT to explain that there were two. Something inside me died when they did.
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From:corellianrogue
Date:May 3rd, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Why Americans wouldn't be taught a variation on a word that is used in multiple countries

...A variation used elsewhere that isn't used in America. Do I even need to answer this or can you get it on your own?

I know you were homeschooled, but sometimes I think you give the American public school system far too much credit.
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From:krillia
Date:May 3rd, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
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*sighs*

I...I don't know?


Apparently Canadians genuinely mock us over it, though. I've heard it independently from more than one of them.
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From:rhosyn_du
Date:May 3rd, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
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The U.S.'s inability to remember that it isn't the only country that matters probably has a lot to do with why kids here mostly only learn "zee."

The "it's too confusing" argument is such bullshit. I distinctly remember learning all about "vosotros" in my 7th grade Spanish class, and that's an entire set of verb conjugations that's only used in one country. Didn't confuse us any. :P

And in conclusion, I kind of hate everyone ever. *sigh*