Elmo’s baby sister is getting me all cheesed off. Ever since she debuted, using the dreaded -ey ending of my name, NOBODY under the age of 5 will pronounce it properly. The Zoe vs Zoey debate has always been tricky, but with Sesame Street lending it credence, Zoey seems here to stay. People have always asked me “Are you sure?” when I tell them that the “e” is silent, now they just refuse to believe me. And this show purports to teach phonics.
In the English language, the second vowel is silent. Z*o*e is pronounced Zo. Rhymes with Joe. I do realize that the name is actually Greek, and therefore not really held to English pronunciation, but that fact does nothing to further this rant.
So, in review: