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It is pronounced ZagAT or ZAGat??

juliehf Jul 1, 2006 12:14 AM

I've always wondered...

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  1. Atomica RE: juliehf Jul 1, 2006 12:21 AM


    1. ChinoWayne RE: juliehf Jul 1, 2006 01:10 AM

      From the 'hound dictionary:

      Main Entry: Za·gat
      Pronunciation: ' USE-LESS '
      Function: Noun
      Definitions: 1. Savvy marketer
      2. Door stop
      3. Paper weight

      1. julietg RE: juliehf Jul 1, 2006 02:58 AM

        I disagree- I think Zagat varies per the city you're in.

        I found it indispensable in New York, but in LA, In N Out got as high a rating of some four star restaurants in New York. Go figure.

        Oh- and it's zuh-GAT. My friend is a friend of the Zagat family and she says that's how they say it.

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          juliehf RE: julietg Jul 1, 2006 04:04 PM

          Excellent thanks guys. My friends and I were having a whole discussion on it the other day. We should have bet money on it. Oh well.

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          Darren72 RE: juliehf Jul 1, 2006 07:06 PM

          For an excellent read, see "The Zagat Effect," by Steven Shaw, published in Commentary, Vol. 110 • November 2000 • No. 4.

          Available free here:

          1. Peter RE: juliehf Jul 1, 2006 07:12 PM

            It's pronounced to rhyme with cat, hat or bat.

            As Tim and Nina Zagat are fond of saying "Zagat. It rhymes with Cat in the Hat".

            How do I know this? I worked for Tim and Nina for 6 months.

            Peter in the Heights

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              Fleur RE: juliehf Jul 3, 2006 05:40 AM

              I find ZAGAT to be indespensible in NY. It is a good point of reference to check on a restaurant you are thinking of trying. The comments, aside from the "ridiculous" quotation style, are usually helpful. The price info and hours are as well.

              I also like the ZAGAT MARKETPLACE GUIDE and have found great sources I would necver have known about, especially in less known parts of the City.

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