How do you pronouce ezine?

by Kurt
35 replies
Recently, I've heard a couple of people say ezine, like it ryhmes with "mine" or "fine".

However, I pronounce it as "ezeen", which rhymes with "mean". The reason is, I believe "zine" is taken from the word "magazine" and an ezine is an electronic magazine. Therefore I pronounce the "zine" part as I do for magazine.
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  • Profile picture of the author mojuu
    I've always pronounced ezine like it rhymes with "mine/fine". Interesting question though.
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  • Profile picture of the author tessmac9708
    Hi Kurt

    I take it you're bored.

    Interesting question though
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    • Profile picture of the author artwebster
      Hi, Kurt,

      I'm with you on this. It really annoys me when people talk about ezines as though they were something remote and exotic - but that is what internet marketers like to do. Strange though, they have no trouble pronouncing fanzine correctly.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tiratore
    I know what you mean.

    It IS an online version of a magazine, so you would naturally say it as ezeen (one would have thought), unless you didn't know it was taken from the word magazine.

    I don't know how the other pronounciation came into play.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg124
    The same as you Kurt rhyme with mean or as the "zeeeen" sound in magazine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bakai
    I have heard it is supposed to be pronounced ezeen but that never caught on with me and I say ezine rhyming with fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hamish Jones
    It's definitely e-zeeen, rhymes with 'mean'
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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Avis
      I've never understood why or how some people have got the idea that ezine rhymes with fine.

      As Kurt says, it is an abbreviation of 'electronic magazine', which in my opinion, only has one possible correct pronunciation - eeezeeen.

      Mind you, I much prefer the term newsletter these days. But that's a whole 'nother issue!

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  • Profile picture of the author dbarnum
    Yep, good question! I opt for "ezeen", which rhymes with "mean."

    And it sounds funny to hear others say it when it rhymes with fine

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  • Profile picture of the author David McGimpsey
    I'm an eeeeeee-zeeeeeeeeen kind of guy. I don't think I've even heard anyone say it the other way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Craig McPherson
    tomayto or tomarto

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  • Profile picture of the author gskesavan
    I've checked it with wordweb and the pronunciation of "zine" is "zeen", just like "seen".
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  • Profile picture of the author Phil
    'E' as in 'E'-bay and 'E'-commerce.

    'Zine' as in maga-Zine.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Kurt,

      Paul Myers publishes an e-zen.

      Hi Craig,

      No-one says 'tomayto' - the US pronunciation is 'tomaydo'. I would have thought Aussies would say tomo or tommy, bearing in mind that the rule is - everything gets shortened and usually ends in 'o' or 'y' because it's too hot for long words?

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  • Profile picture of the author 1wisewoman
    I had to laugh when I saw this post. And here's my take on the issue:

    I say ezine like magazine, since it's an electric version of a magazine.
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    • Profile picture of the author luckystepho
      I say ez-een- as in magazine
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  • Profile picture of the author Smokey_Joe
    The [zain] kind of pronunciation emerged as soon as people started to disregard the word's origin - by analogy to line, dime and the like. It seems more correct to stick to the [zeen] version, although I'm a believer in the law of usage - if people use words like that, it wouldn't make much sense to impose different points of view on them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peggy Baron
    e-zeen is what I say, but I have heard the other pronunciation too. It's a weird word either way.

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      I'm hoping you lot have all made more money than you know what to do with.
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  • Profile picture of the author ken_p
    that just makes sense, ezine like magazine, but I have always read it with rhyming with mine.Lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    I've always wondered what the immediate thought is in our friends from the UK when they hear an American complain about somebody's English

    Agree that ezine rhymes with magazine.

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  • Profile picture of the author Havenhood
    "eeeeeee-zeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeene" in Magazine
    That's what I call it too.

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  • Profile picture of the author BigVin
    I must have been bored to read this whole post! LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    There was an intermediate step between "magazine" and "ezine," and that was the simple "zine." Punk and goth culture thrived on small, self-published genre periodicals which were saddle-stapled and sold (or given away) by hand at clubs or on the counters of select stores. Since magazine had too many syllables, people just said 'zine, and eventually the apostrophe was lost to posterity - leaving zine.

    People pronounced that wrong, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wayne A
    Interesting post. I've always said ezeen, but really ezine is spelled like it should be pronunced similiar to mine. Really magazine should be maga-zine, not maga-zeen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    Zeeen, not zyne. I chuckled the other day when I was working with one of my students and he kept referring to "e-ZYNE-articles dot com".
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  • Profile picture of the author Skribblez
    I must be one of the very few people who pronounce it eee-zine (rhymes with fine)
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