Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Letter Z

Z is the twenty-sixth and last letter of the English alphabet. But how do you pronounce it?

Zee or Zed?

Zed is the name of the letter in Great Britain, India, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and most other places on earth where English is used. But in America they call it zee.

Is one letter name correct and the other wrong? Let's investigate history, shall we :).

The nutshell story of zed? Zed entered Middle English from French representing a “ts” or “ds” sound, then came to represent the voiced sibilant in, for example, the word zoo. Because it entered French from Latin as zeta, it became z├Ęde in modern French, zeta in modern Spanish and Italian and zed in English.

The letter name zee, now American, was not invented in America. The letter has actually had eight or more names during its long sojourn at the bottom of the English alphabet: zad, zard, zed, zee, ezed, ezod, izod, izzard, uzzard. One of those names is zee, a dialect form last heard in England during the late seventeenth century. That name was brought to America by British immigrants, perhaps not on the Mayflower but very early indeed in American history.

In the first great dictionary of English in 1755 (there were other, lesser wordlists printed earlier), Dr. Johnson opined “Z . . . zed.

In 1828 Noah Webster, the mighty American wielder of word clout, guaranteed that zee would predominate in the United States. In Webster’s magisterial American Dictionary of the English Language he stated: “Z . . . It is pronounced zee.”

The Concise Oxford Companion states, “The modification of zed ... to zee appears to have been by analogy with bee, dee, vee, etc."

Lye’s New Spelling Book(1677) was the first to list “zee” as a correct pronunciation.

Does all this really matter? Not really, but it explains a few things. And I'm all about being informational about all things Canadian to my fellow America friends.

How about a Zed-28, eh?!

Tune in next week when we discuss the differences between re and er. (just kidding)


Saturday, February 20, 2010

365 Days

A lot can happen in a year. This time last year I made a guest appearance at St. Mary's. They liked me so much that they invited me to stay for 6 weeks. I must have made a very good impression.

Since that day, a lot has happened:
~ I developed a relationship with God that has taken me to places that I never knew existed.

~ I learned that the people you least expect to be there for you, are there, 100%. And unfortunately, some of the ones that should be, sadly, are not.

~I gained a lot of respect for the United States medical system. In Canada, the US system is referred to as "terrible". Terrible it is NOT!

~I found strength in myself that I didn't know I had.

~I realized that God WILL be there for me through anything!

I often think about the whole "experience" and I am grateful. As today grew near, I had fear, even some dreams about the past. But today, I celebrate!

I celebrate:
~Being part of a divine miracle

~A precious baby boy

~My friends and family that made it all possible


~And death because I now know if that had been the end result for me that everything would still be ok

~As much time as God gives me with my kids

So, thank you God and thank you friends that supported me with your prayers and love. I will never forget this journey.


Monday, February 1, 2010

Working Girl

8 steps to shock your system.

1. Be at stay-at-home mom for 5+ years
2. Have a thought or two about going back to work
3. Stop by your local choice of employment, fill out an app, just for fun
4. Have interview #1
5. Have interview #2
6. Get hired, full-time
7. Start on Monday
Pay particular attention to the last step because it's most important....(drum roll please)
8. Do it all in one weeks time.

Now, sit back and watch your body not know if it's coming or going. Expect sleepless nights, although you are exhausted. An upset stomach and inability to get up in the morning, on time, is usual for most. Forgetting to take a lunch to work may happen since, in the past, food was within reach, at all times. Expect many mini-break downs because the tasks you used to take for granted are now being done by someone else.

~Kelly, working girl