Amusing to Canadians

So I'm doing the switchboard today which I hate because there are so many stupid people that call. Today I got one, which I think won't translate well in type unless you're Canadian.

Caller: "Hi, I'd like the spelling of Sally's last name please"
Me: It's spelled M-A-C-O-I-C-Z
Caller: Zed? What's that? You mean like Z-D?
Me: No...I mean Z..as in the letter Z.
Caller: ...
Me: *sigh* I'm Canadian...we don't say ZEE. We say ZED.
Caller: OH!

ROzbeans 17 years ago
You say ZED? Why?
Xandare 17 years ago
Yeah I talk to people from all over.. I dunno why but they have always said Zed to me too..

Whut's this Zed thing all Aboot Canada, eh?
Mileron 17 years ago
I guess they figure Zed is easier than trying to think of something else to phonetically name it.
Viriu 17 years ago
They say zed in the UK too! ...and other Euro countries...
ROzbeans 17 years ago
Crazy euros!
Den 17 years ago
via Wikipedia:

the letter Z, pronounced /zed/ in much of the English-speaking world outside of the United States, where it is pronounced "zee"
Mirabela 17 years ago
pronounced z- eh - ta in spanish
Viriu 17 years ago
Course here we are still not on the metric system too....
Mirabela 17 years ago
metric system rules!
Vebran 17 years ago
Actually I think that this is more amusing to Americans, because knowing that you work in Chicago you answered a phone and used the Canadian way of phonetically spelling something out to an American. This kinda reminds me of Farva asking for a liter of cola in Super Troopers.

I'd also be interested in the what exactly makes the metric system so much better. Other than using the "everyone else in the world uses it" rationale.
Cobert 17 years ago
its easier. fractions fucking suck. Reading inches and fractions of inches suck.

Simplicty and ease of use >>
Cobert 17 years ago
Everyone on ventrilo says I sound Canadian, but I swear I sound like everyone else, aside from the americans with thick southern accents
Vebran 17 years ago
Elvaiz
its easier. fractions fucking suck. Reading inches and fractions of inches suck.

Simplicty and ease of use >>


I don't buy that. I would if, for example, tape measures only came in 1 inch increments and didn't tell you what the 3/4 of an inch was.

Also saying that is easier way too subjective. That is like saying that riding a bike is easier than driving a car. There is no real way that you can quantify that.
Calimaryn 17 years ago
Having lived in North Dakota for 4 years I heard a lot of Canadian and funky accents. It was cute until Angel picked it up. Of course I then moved her to Tennessee where she began sounding southern. So I dont think I have helped her any. lol

Metric is based on 10. It is logical in a more mathmatical way instead of having to memorize what equals what. It would be easier to teach kids the metric system in schools because it makes sense. Why we have to be different, I dont know.
Mirabela 17 years ago
10 mm = 1 cm 100 cm = 1 meter 1000m = 1km

vs.

12in=1 ft 3ft = 1 yard 5280 ft = 1 mile

in the former case and conversions it is a matter of sliding the decimal in the latter we have to do some multiplying and divinding for conversions, granted not diificult still something that can not be done in your head as easily as sliding a decimal.
ROzbeans 17 years ago
Mirabela
10 mm = 1 cm 100 cm = 1 meter 1000m = 1km

vs.

12in=1 ft 3ft = 1 yard 5280 ft = 1 mile

in the former case and conversions it is a matter of sliding the decimal in the latter we have to do some multiplying and divinding for conversions, granted not diificult still something that can not be done in your head as easily as sliding a decimal.


No habla.
Cobert 17 years ago
Vebran
Actually I think that this is more amusing to Americans, because knowing that you work in Chicago you answered a phone and used the Canadian way of phonetically spelling something out to an American. This kinda reminds me of Farva asking for a liter of cola in Super Troopers.

I'd also be interested in the what exactly makes the metric system so much better. Other than using the "everyone else in the world uses it" rationale.


Only now did I just understand why it was so odd for him to ask for a liter of cola.
ROzbeans 17 years ago
Oh now I understand this part in 'Shaun of the dead':

'Any zombies out there?'
'Don't say that.'
'Say what?'
'That. The "zed" word.'

Weirdo euros.
blazyn 17 years ago
they say zed on a spice girls song