Does anyone else get annoyed with the word NICH

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Hey everyone,

Just thought I'd come on here and find out how many of my british bretherin (or anyone from outside the US for that matter) finds the word nich really annoying.

IT'S Niche (NEE-SH)!

Thank you please!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    LOL Thank you. I hate the word pronounced "NITCH" and the guys I work with always make fun of me for saying "nee-sh"

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    • Profile picture of the author affilcrazy
      You say potato, I say potaatoe, you say tomato...i could go on!
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      • Profile picture of the author lcombs
        Originally Posted by affilcrazy View Post

        You say potato, I say potaatoe, you say tomato...i could go on!
        niche (nch, nsh)n.1. A recess in a wall, as for holding a statue or urn.
        2. A cranny, hollow, or crevice, as in rock.
        3. a. A situation or activity specially suited to a person's interests, abilities, or nature: found her niche in life.
        b. A special area of demand for a product or service: "One niche that is approaching mass-market proportions is held by regional magazines" (Brad Edmondson).

        4. Ecology a. The function or position of an organism or population within an ecological community.
        b. The particular area within a habitat occupied by an organism.

        I have always used the former... "nch"
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Logan
    Nope can't say it annoys me

    Although I'm from Canada, don't hold that against me

    Having said that, what annoys me is the word 'foyer'

    Which should of course be said 'foy-AA'

    Maybe there's a support group out there for us - lol

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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    Originally Posted by VilPietersen@ View Post

    Hey everyone,

    Just thought I'd come on here and find out how many of my british bretherin (or anyone from outside the US for that matter) finds the word nich really annoying.

    IT'S Niche (NEE-SH)!

    Thank you please!
    "Niche" is one of those words that can be properly pronounced differently with the same meaning. Some people say it with the "i" being replace with a long sounding "e." You pronounce it with the old rule of "CH" or "CHE" at the end of the word blending into a "Sh" sound. Most North Americans, pronounce it with the "CH" actually sounding like "ch."

    Oh, and I actually pronounce the word the same way you do, but there are alternative correct ways to pronounce it as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    These guys gave both pronunciation as valid...
    Niche - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
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    As I have seen it: US English says "nitch"... everyone else "nish"
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  • Profile picture of the author senderbot
    Ha ha yes it does bug me (I'm from Leeds) but then there's lots of things I say here in Canada that get me funny looks.

    Try telling someone you are "skint" for example.
    I've also strangely enough got used to using the donkey word a## instead of the British word ar##. If you catch my drift.

    Also just out of interest the phrase "pet peeve" annoys the crap out of me.

    Ha ha

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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    Here ya go... Click on the little speaker symbol next to the word to hear the pronunciation. Hmmmm....

    Niche | Define Niche at Dictionary.com
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    • Profile picture of the author Lawrh
      Originally Posted by garyv View Post

      Here ya go... Click on the little speaker symbol next to the word to hear the pronunciation. Hmmmm....

      Niche | Define Niche at Dictionary.com
      Nitch is the American pronunciation so an American site will use nitch. Most everywhere else that's not heavily American dominated will use neesh.
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      • Profile picture of the author garyv
        Originally Posted by Lawrh View Post

        Nitch is the American pronunciation so an American site will use nitch. Most everywhere else that's not heavily American dominated will use neesh.
        That's true, but I'm pointing out that this is a part of our language. We're taught it this way in our dictionaries etc. Every language has words that are derived from other countries' languages.
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        • Profile picture of the author Lawrh
          Originally Posted by garyv View Post

          That's true, but I'm pointing out that this is a part of our language. We're taught it this way in our dictionaries etc. Every language has words that are derived from other countries' languages.
          I have to disagree about this being a part of "our (your) language". American English is not a language, it is a dialect. I'm just across the border in Canada and our kids are not taught the American dialect in school. Of course, they pick it up on TV, but outside of the US (meaning most of the world) the UK spellings and pronunciations are normal.

          My favourite quote (anonymous) about borrowing from other languages -

          "English does not borrow from other languages...it follows them down dark alleys, beats the crap out of them and searches their pockets for loose grammar"
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          • Profile picture of the author garyv
            Originally Posted by Lawrh View Post

            I have to disagree about this being a part of "our (your) language". American English is not a language, it is a dialect. I'm just across the border in Canada and our kids are not taught the American dialect in school. Of course, they pick it up on TV, but outside of the US (meaning most of the world) the UK spellings and pronunciations are normal.

            My favourite quote (anonymous) about borrowing from other languages -

            "English does not borrow from other languages...it follows them down dark alleys, beats the crap out of them and searches their pockets for loose grammar"
            I'll agree that it started off as a dialect, but it is slowly growing into a language. For instance, we here in the United States do not go outside to smoke fags, and we never put batteries into our torches. And I may "skip to" but I won't piss anywhere near my lou (loo) unless I want to get smacked. And I'm pretty sure that if 300 million people agree on a pronunciation, that it pretty much makes it a part of the language. Especially since we outnumber the UK by 5 to 1.

            By the way, Canada has it's own annoying pronunciations for some things eh?
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            Originally Posted by Lawrh View Post

            I have to disagree about this being a part of "our (your) language". American English is not a language, it is a dialect. I'm just across the border in Canada and our kids are not taught the American dialect in school. Of course, they pick it up on TV, but outside of the US (meaning most of the world) the UK spellings and pronunciations are normal.

            My favourite quote (anonymous) about borrowing from other languages -

            "English does not borrow from other languages...it follows them down dark alleys, beats the crap out of them and searches their pockets for loose grammar"
            Also, the US has more english speakers than all the other english-as-a-first-language counties combined.

            This conversation has come up many times over the years. Americans and Brits pronounce many words differently, yet the word "niche" seems to be the one that sparks an interest, at least in this forum.
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            • Profile picture of the author seasoned
              Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

              Also, the US has more english speakers than all the other english-as-a-first-language counties combined.

              This conversation has come up many times over the years. Americans and Brits pronounce many words differently, yet the word "niche" seems to be the one that sparks an interest, at least in this forum.
              Well, a lot of people have complained about spelling, and I think this is where someone said "a hotel" was incorrect and it should be basically "an otel".

              But niche is one of the most heavily used words here that people may see as WRONG! HECK, what about schedule? I bet many would say they hat THAT!

              British say shedual
              AMERICANS say skedual

              But HEY, So Americans speak English differently from the british. The Swiss may speak german a bit differently from Germany and GERMANY has different areas that may say things differently. My uncle, in Denmark, says he can EASILY tell where people in denmark are from practically down to the block, just by how they speak!

              AND, for what it is worth, I lived for DECADES before I knew the British said niche differently. I knew about spelling differences. I learned that they said aluminum(or rather aluminium) differently about when I was like SIX! SAME with words like schedule. BUT, somehow, I just never heard a british person say niche!

              HECK, dictionaries are EVEN starting to appear for "AMERICAN"! Not even "american english", but AMERICAN!

              BTW is it SKOOL(OO being long U like rudolph the red nosed reindeer)
              or SHUL(like the yiddish, or the first sylable of the German word)?

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          • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
            Originally Posted by Lawrh View Post

            I have to disagree about this being a part of "our (your) language". American English is not a language, it is a dialect. I'm just across the border in Canada and our kids are not taught the American dialect in school. Of course, they pick it up on TV, but outside of the US (meaning most of the world) the UK spellings and pronunciations are normal.

            My favourite quote (anonymous) about borrowing from other languages -

            "English does not borrow from other languages...it follows them down dark alleys, beats the crap out of them and searches their pockets for loose grammar"
            Actually, with the merging of Mandarin and English (two largest languages), American English is the one being taught in China and other Asian cultures and the one preferred by school owners. I know, because I taught American English and was paid more while living in Nanjing and Shanghai.
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  • Profile picture of the author lcombs
    Don't sweat the small stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    its nich.

    ps, its not shedule
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    • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
      Originally Posted by Michael Motley View Post

      its nich.

      ps, its not shedule
      Eh?

      We spell it schedule.. is that how you spell schedule?
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  • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
    All this time spent in this world has turned me half American. My writing in UK English has taken a hit too.

    And when I say that word it actually comes out as NICH now rather than NICHE. My mum takes a crack at me every time about it.

    P.S. It used to drive me nuts until I started saying it too.
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  • Profile picture of the author gareth
    Nich is like snitch which is like nose picking

    Niche is unique
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  • Profile picture of the author Gravc
    I love all my American Colleagues but the word NITCH used to drive me nuts!!!!!

    When I was in real estate the word "Ruff" as opposed to "Roof" used to also drive me insane!!

    The worst part about it is when you work with Americans day in and day out you sometimes find that the same words slip out by accident. ARRGH...

    I eventually decided that I couldn't change so as long as I made money and could understand what people are saying it didn't matter how it was said
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    I don't know why you guys are talking about English when niche is a French word (which rhymes with quiche).


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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    About Garage

    Well, I couldn't hear sound from THAT site, BUT....

    FRENCH Gerahj
    AMERICAN Gahrahj

    So the difference is slight, that second letter is different, and if other languages vary from it more, then THEY probably changed!!!!! 8-) It is my understanding that it came from FRENCH!

    NOW, about the word subtle..... In English, the B is at least often, silent. In fact, there might be like a slight d sound. AND, in often, the t is often silent, although some pronounce it. I pronounce it like ahfen. MAN, we could go on FOREVER!

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  • Profile picture of the author JamesJeffery
    There is a club and a music genre in the UK called "Niche" and its pronounced "Neesh". I cannot stand the word "Nich". Its like "Lin-ux" and "Lie-Nux".
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    Yep both are correct. We say Niche here in the U.S. not Neesh. We don't expect you to say Niche so please don't expect us to say Neesh. It's not gonna happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Medway1
    English is of course our greatest export.

    No I don't get annoyed when Americans change a few words of the English language here and there, pronounced them differently, like Lawrh says it's just a different dialect, it's quite commical really.
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  • The American pronunciation is like nails down a chalkboard to me... :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author adesbarats
    It always makes me think of Monty Pythons "Search for the Holy Grail" The Nights that Say "Niche"....!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dana Forsythe
    I feel so lame saying "neesh".. I dont know why haha. But I say it anyway cuz its right lol
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
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    • Profile picture of the author Lawrh
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

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      Sal's got a Niche she can't scratch
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      • Profile picture of the author HeySal
        Originally Posted by Lawrh View Post

        Sal's got a Niche she can't scratch
        LOL

        Yeah - diamonds. Can't scratch diamonds. Next niche, travel...... right to the diamond mines!
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  • Profile picture of the author maidmarion
    I find the word niche annoying too, as I have been searching for the ideal niche for quite a while! It sounds so ... nichee! another word may be, special, unique, untapped! etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneytize
    ya same here! except i'm from the NITCH camp.

    i tried using both ways when i first heard the word because i wasnt sure how to say it.... i eventually settled on NITCH because it just sounded more normal to me
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  • Profile picture of the author Medway1
    It's normal to pronounce the word with a "T" when it doesn't have one? That's a strange sense of normality.
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  • "Niche is dead" - Nietzsche
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