Today I heard a TV newshead pronounce it Zaah-GAATZ (both "a"s rhyming with the "a" in "Gatling", accent on second syllable). That startled me, since I'd never heard that pronounciation before.
I have always said ZOG-otts, because that's the way it looks to me.
I have friends who say ZAY-gotts because they think it should be pronounced sort of like Zabar's. Clearly none of us really knows.
So, does anyone have a definitive answer, preferably with a citation?
EDIT: d'oh, I thought to google eGullet before posting, but not the Web itself.
Zagat's own website says:
That seems to imply that one should say Zuh-GAAT.
za-GAT' ...rhymes with "the cat."
However the #1 Google hit is Barry Popik's website, which gives us:
I think I've got the second syllable down now, but none of this seems precise about the first. However, I can't argue with Zagat's own website, so from now on it's Zuh-GATZ.
A rhyme about how to pronounce the name “Zagat” was published in August 2005.
before i went to work there, someone told me this way to remember how to pronounce the family name. it’s so moving that i’ve never forgotten it:
he’s big, he’s fat
it’s warm where he sat
that’s tim zagat.
*It’s za-GAT, by the way; not ZAG-at and never Zagat’s.
Edited by ghostrider, 04 November 2005 - 06:41 PM.