Zed and Zee.

I think all over the world, the last letter of the English alphabet is ‘ZED’. But United States has to be different. They call it ZEE. When I came here, I would be asked to spell my name and I would start off “zed a kΒ  I a and h.”

The other night I was in bed and thinking thoughts, which are usually nonsensical, and I jotted this down.

For Twenty plus years, there was a zed.
I held it close to my heart. No one questioned it.
It was the identity of my name—-until I came here!
I came to this land, my dear zed became my zee!

Hope you can see the image which I got from google.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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28 Responses to Zed and Zee.

  1. I had the opposite experience. When I was growing up – Z was zee. After we moved to Canada, it became Z became zed.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Can see the image

  3. slmret says:

    I love this little ditty, Zakiah — when I discovered, as a child, that zed and zee were the same thing, I extrapolated that into the pronunciations of several ‘z’ words — zedero, zedoo, zedinnia, zedebra, etc. What a strange dichotomy — it’s almost like driving in many parts of the world where they drive on the wrong side of the road!

    • Zakiah says:

      So funny Janet. I loved reading about the way you transferred the letter to read the words by incorporating the zed! Every time I go to India, and the children start spelling some word with a zed, I almost correct them, and would like them to say zee instead.

  4. I had no idea it was pronounced zed elsewhere. lol. Love and hugs.

  5. jstnotherday says:

    What struck me is that
    zed a k I a and h
    is, Zedakiah…. like the king from the Bible (slightly different spelling)
    You could almost look at Zakiah as a feminine form of Zedakiah. πŸ™‚

    Of course there was a Zacchaeus in the Bible too, so maybe Zakiah is feminine form of Zacchaeus?

    Either way they are both prominent names. πŸ™‚

    • Zakiah says:

      Zakiah is an Arabic and Jewish name, with excellent meaning, and is taken from The Holy Quran. There is no similarity or connection to the names you have suggested Lynn.

      • jstnotherday says:

        πŸ™‚ Greetings Zakiah, I looked up your name, Zakiah, to discover its meaning. I see it means pure. Indeed a name with excellent meaning!

    • Zakiah says:

      the meaning is the same in Hebrew and in Arabic. In Urdu and Arabic it also means innocent. There, you have it now! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. jstnotherday says:

    Zacchaeus was a man who met Isa (or as He’s known in the west, Jesus).
    Zedekiah was king of Judah.

  7. I love how your mind works…and your poem! πŸ™‚
    I think Americans just changed “zed” to “zee” so it would rhyme with “bee” “cee” dee” “eee” “gee” “pee””tee” and “vee”! πŸ˜€ And so it would rhyme in The Alphabet Song….”x, y, zee, Next time won’t you sing with me”! πŸ˜› But, it could have been written, “…x, y, zed, Next time won’t you sing with Fred…or with Ned…or with Ted…or with Fred, Ned, and Ted in bed”…!!! πŸ˜€
    Okay, I’ll put myself in The Time Out Corner now.
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  8. I wonder how the Americans sing the Alphabet of Mozart!! πŸ™‚
    Love ❀
    Michell

    • Zakiah says:


      This was the first time I watched the Alphabet of Mozart. very nice. The next link will show you how the Americans sing the Alphabet. You will have to by pass the ads.

      Love ❀ ❀
      Zakiah.

  9. Tree says:

    Interesting; I did not know this! I think you have a very interesting name. My last name ends with X, which is unusual – I was one of the few people who needed to learn how to write an X in cursive.

  10. Zakiah says:

    Only about ten or twelve years ago I was told that this name which is in Arabic, is also in the Jewish literature. The meaning is the same in both! πŸ™‚
    Writing X in cursive would be difficult!

  11. Lol. That’s funny. The first time I encountered “zed” was watching Shaun of the Dead. And they keep saying, “stop saying the ‘zed’ word.”

  12. I had no idea it was pronounced differently until traveling. Must have thrown you for a loop since that is the first letter of your name!

  13. r_hsw says:

    yes. we too call it ‘zed’ here in indonesia.

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