visa [s] or [z]?

Lazar   Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:11 am GMT
I have to post an update: I've heard some Visa ads recently, and in these ones they uniformly used [z]. Maybe they changed their official pronunciation because they realized that [z] is more common.
Guest   Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:06 am GMT
I thought it was "z". You guys made me doubt my memory.
Jim   Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:05 am GMT
Of course, the fact to which I was alluding previously is that there is Visa, the credit card company, and there are visas which you have stamped in your passport. It's up to the Visa people how their name should officially be pronounced but the latter is a different story. The Cambridge Dictionary gives only /"vi:.z@/ as does the American Heritage Dictionary.
Rick Johnson   Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:30 pm GMT
Visa is always a "z" for me, as is "lousy". Greasy is an "s" sound, however.
Learner   Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:58 am GMT
Is it translate [s] or translate [z]?
Is it chromosome [s] or chromosome [z]?