This Scottish name is traditionally pronounced, as it still is in Scotland, i/ˈmɪŋɨz/ (or "ming-iz"), since the English letter <z> was used as a surrogate for the now obsolete letter <ȝ> (yogh) in the Scots language. However, perhaps due to widespread ignorance of this fact, today it is often pronounced as if it were an English word and hence it is often pronounced /ˈmɛnziːz/. A Scottish limerick plays on the traditional pronunciation:
There wis a young lassie named Menzies,
That asked her aunt whit this thenzies.
Said her aunt wi a gasp,
"Ma dear, it's a wasp,
An you're haudin the end whaur the stenzies!"
The second and fifth lines are pronounced as though the <z> were a <ȝ>, making "thing is" and "sting is", to rhyme with "Menzies". "Wasp" rhymes with "gasp" in Scots.
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