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in Canada they don’t pronounce Z as "zee"

they pronounce it as "zed" and that is crazy to me

it sounds like they made a typo when they invented it

They do that everywhere in the world that’s not America. We do that here in the UK too.
America is weird man.

In most dialects of English, the letter’s name is ‘zed’ /ˈzɛd/, reflecting its derivation from the Greek zeta, but in American English, its name is ‘zee’ /ˈz/, deriving from a late 17th century English dialectal form.[2]

Another English dialectal form is izzard /ˈɪzərd/. It dates from the mid-18th century and probably derives from Occitan izèda or the French ézed, whose reconstructed Latin form would be *idzēta,[1] perhaps a popular form with a prosthetic vowel.

Other languages spell the letter’s name in a similar way: zeta in ItalianSpanish and Icelandic (no longer part of its alphabet but found in personal names), zäta in Swedishzæt in Danishzet in DutchPolishRomanian and CzechZett in German (capitalised as noun),zett in Norwegianzède in French in Portuguese, and zét in Vietnamese. Several languages lacking /z/ as phoneme render it as /ts/~/dz/, e.g. zeta /tsetɑ/ or /tset/ in Finnish. In Standard Chinese pinyin the name of the letter Z is pronounced [tsɨ], although the English ‘zed’ and American English ‘zee’ have become very common.

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