There are many world leaders, historical figures, and pop culture icons who are well-known in both Britain and the U.S. However, there’s one thing Brits and Americans don’t always agree on—how to say their names.
A recent article about the British pronunciation of Nike (to rhyme with “bike”) elicited howls of surprise and disbelief from my American friends on both sides of the Pond. According to the company itself, it’s NI-key!
Just as we laugh at Americans who say “Glass Cow” instead of Glasgow and “Li-cester” instead of well, Leicester, they often have the last laugh when we attempt some American state and place names. As with the …