ZEE [zi] and ZED [zed] are both correct, and which you use depends on where in the world you live. Neither pronunciation is right or wrong, and nobody is ignorant for pronouncing Z the way they do.

"I'm British and would never pronounce Z as 'zee', under any circumstances."

"Zee" is the AmE and and "zed" is the BrE pronunciation of the letter Z, the 26th and final letter of the English alphabet. Z is a sibilant articulation, and is merely a vocal S. It is also the letter with the lowest frequency of use in English words. 

"British people would never say zee in an abbreviation, unless there is a good phonetic reason."

The zed pronunciation is older, and it more closely resembles the Greek letter, zeta that gave rise to the Old French "zede", which resulted in the English “zed” around the 15th century.

"I was shocked hearing the new prep school teacher said 'zee', like a shabby American cowgirl!"

The AmE pronunciation probably came about by analogy with the letters B, C, D and so on, deriving from a late 17th-century English dialectal form. It was standard in AmE by the 19th century, and it's now deeply ingrained.

"Even we in Canada pronounce La-Z-Boy 'Lazy Boy'."

Although "zee" is much more common, in the US the letter can be pronounced both ways regionally. Many Americans who are in the maths and sciences use "zee" in regular speech but "zed" when reading the variable out loud.

"The US. I grew up calling it 'zee.' Other people I know call it 'zed'".

Australian and NZ English speakers normally say 'zed' but the pronunciation shift among the younger generation is strong as TV and the Net are narrowing the gap all the time. 

"In Australia, I have heard lots of people in their twenties saying 'zee'."

The UK, Ireland, South Africa and India seem to be holding out for 'zed' despite creeping Americanization of pronunciation of other words.

"I do remember finding the concept of an 'EZ bar' in weight training very confusing until I eventually figured out EZ was supposed to be pronounced 'easy' not 'ee zed'."

Part of the Canadian population, generally those living more inland and in Newfoundland, say it the American way, while the majority of Canadians generally say it the British way.

"In Canada, particularly in southern Ontario, 'zee' is often stigmatised."

Small children in Canada tend to say "zee" from exposure to US children's programs; but in school they are taught "zed" and that is what is used almost exclusively by adults in most of coastal Canada, sometimes as a point of pride in being different from the American usage. 

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