How do you pronounce the word "niche" - POLL :)

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This has been something that has gotten to me for a while, for what reason i don't know, so i want to get to the bottom of it.

Some people pronounce it "nitch" and some pronounce it "neesh".

I pronounce it the second way, as that's the way i was taught, well thats the way its pronounced in the UK, i just wanted some opinions
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  • Profile picture of the author BenoitT
    Originally Posted by sonnybh1 View Post

    This has been something that has gotten to me for a while, for what reason i don't know, so i want to get to the bottom of it.

    Some people pronounce it "nitch" and some pronounce it "neesh".

    I pronounce it the second way, as that's the way i was taught, well thats the way its pronounced in the UK, i just wanted some opinions
    Always said nitch and it is the right one according to Merriam Webster: Merriam-Webster Pronunciation
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by BenoitT View Post

      Always said nitch and it is the right one according to Merriam Webster: Merriam-Webster Pronunciation
      Errr...would that depend on how you spoke English?

      That's the correct way for Americans to say it, not English people. Have you noticed how we have different accents and ways of saying things before?
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      • Profile picture of the author BenoitT
        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        Errr...would that depend on how you spoke English?

        That's the correct way for Americans to say it, not English people. Have you noticed how we have different accents and ways of saying things before?
        You're right I'm used to the US accent.

        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        Fine but nish to me sounds like neesh not nitch. One has a "t" and the other doesn't.
        nish for me is same as neesh
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        • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
          Originally Posted by BenoitT View Post

          You're right I'm used to the US accent.



          nish for me is same as neesh
          Like I said earlier, who cares, we know what we mean.
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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          Neither. You can't please everyone with such a divisive word. No one really knows how one would pronounce it in mixed niches, so if ever pressed to make an utterance I would just say "market segment" to keep from sounding like some kind of an idiot.
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          • Profile picture of the author BenoitT
            Originally Posted by myob View Post

            Neither. You can't please everyone with such a divisive word. No one really knows how one would pronounce it in mixed niches, so if ever pressed to make an utterance I would just say "market segment" to keep from sounding like some kind of an idiot.
            Don't you know their is 2 niches for that word? Those that prononce nitch and those that prononce neesh
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        Errr...would that depend on how you spoke English?

        That's the correct way for Americans to say it, not English people. Have you noticed how we have different accents and ways of saying things before?
        USUALLY when british people sound different, it is because of a predictable template, for want of a better term, affectations, history of certain letter combinations(a hotel vs. aN otel(h is silent)), or because it is a different word (like aluminum vs. aluminium). Niche is NONE of the above! Granted, there is the history of the word ITSELF but at least when I was a kid, it seemed like they were consistent there. BTW I was told by some Indians that I mispronounced some words. It was because THEY tried to hold english to hard fast rules, and throw out EVERYTHING else. nitch vs. neesh may make it appear like we do, but we DON'T! A chinese person recently worked with me, and read a poster as GRAND PRICKS! I informed him that it was pronounced GRAN PREE, but he just WOULDN'T LISTEN. 8-(

        Anyway, I am obviously American. I didn't even know about the neesh vs. nitch controversy until a few years ago. To start using neesh would sound pretentious and foreign. NO offense to people here. If you speak with another accent, you are EXPECTED to sound odd! :-/

        BTW since there have been major arguments about it. A and AN were NEVER about letters, but about SOUND! Most Americans DO pronounce the H and, in doing so, make A the correct article. Many others DON'T pronounce the H and, in doing so, make AN the correct article. Simple concept, but FEW get it! As far as I am concerned, it is FAR easier to understand than the changes in writing/speaking french! And with this minor rule, you really only have TWO articles in English to worry about.

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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
    In the UK it's neesh and that's how the French say it and it's a French word.

    See here


    That does however say it can be pronounced nich, neesh or nish. I'm pretty certain the French don't pronounce it nitch though.

    In the States and elsewhere it tends to be nitch.

    Frankly though it doesn't matter and we all know what we're talking about.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      It rhymes with "bitch".
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    • Profile picture of the author BenoitT
      Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

      In the UK it's neesh and that's how the French say it and it's a French word.

      See here


      That does however say it can be pronounced nich, neesh or nish. I'm pretty certain the French don't pronounce it nitch though.

      In the States and elsewhere it tends to be nitch.

      Frankly though it doesn't matter and we all know what we're talking about.
      I am french canadian and I can tell you we say nish. In french it's always the same problem too: some people are saying the english word with a french accent and other with english accent. It doesn't really matter that much.
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by BenoitT View Post

        I am french canadian and I can tell you we say nish. In french it's always the same problem too: some people are saying the english word with a french accent and other with english accent. It doesn't really matter that much.

        Fine but nish to me sounds like neesh not nitch. One has a "t" and the other doesn't.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuccessWarrior
    In Texas we say nitch.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      You're all wrong.

      It's nike - as in "Just Do It!"

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      • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
        Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

        You're all wrong.

        It's nike - as in "Just Do It!"


        Ah Yes, BUT do you say NIKEY or NYKE?

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  • Profile picture of the author seoguru1
    officially its "nitch"

    Niche | Define Niche at Dictionary.com
    Niche - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    however some guy with an accent probably pronounced it neesh to try and sound cool...
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  • Profile picture of the author indalor1
    I have always pronounced it as "nitch" since I never knew as a kid that a small area along a wall "niche" was also a small segment of a market. As a kid I always said it as a nitch not a neesh so I just stuck with the same pronunciation when I learned that the same word had more than one meaning.
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  • Profile picture of the author indalor1
    Originally Posted by Richard Van
    Errr...would that depend on how you spoke English?

    That's the correct way for Americans to say it, not English people. Have you noticed how we have different accents and ways of saying things before?
    This is soo very true. But I like to think that we, as Americans, don't actually speak English, we speak Americaneez. /smirk
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  • Profile picture of the author BenoitT
    Here is the proof both are right: US and UK and it comes from University of Cambridge
    Definition of niche noun (POSITION) from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus
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  • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
    I speak American so its ryhmes with ditch, snitch, and my ex wife.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
      Originally Posted by swilliams09 View Post

      I speak American so...
      Benoit is American too. Just sayin'.
      Originally Posted by BenoitT View Post

      I am french canadian...
      Not trying to be a smart ass...well, yes I guess I am
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I used to pronounce it "neesh"... which I think is the correct way?

    Now, for whatever reason, I seem to pronounce it "nitch".

    Go figure. According to many, my accent / pronunciation changes with the tides.
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  • Profile picture of the author eQuus
    Pronounce it the way it's spoken in your country. In the US it's nitch, in Europe and UK it's neesch. In Japan it's neeshee (just kiddin').
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I can't believe that Paul just called us all idiots!! Beesh.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      I can't believe that Paul just called us all idiots!! Beesh.
      Not so. I have just learned to use alternate words when in mixed company. Are you having trouble with the correct spelling and pronunciation of the word beesh? Here in the 'hood (gangland neesh) it's considered an honor to be my beesh.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    In the barrio that I grew up in, we pronounced it neesh homey or neesh holmes. Both were understood by all the gang colors.

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  • Profile picture of the author IM Ash
    So, is "quiche" pronounced as "kitch" in the US...
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  • Profile picture of the author seoguru1
    yes I am aware that it can be pronounced both ways. I agree it likely depends on where you are from. As an American English person born and raised in california, when I say neesh, it just feels like I'm trying to be cooler or smarter than others... so I just keep it to nitch
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.

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  • Profile picture of the author Victoria Gates
    Too funny.. I dont care how you say it but I had a good laugh reading the thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    In the UK it's neesh and that's how the French say it and it's a French word.
    In America we've mastered the art of *******izing other languages.

    I for one, refuse to say neeesh, even though I am aware that is the proper pronunciation.

    We are the knights who say neeesh!

    In Texas we say nitch.
    nitch all the way. Yeee Hawwww!

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    • Profile picture of the author RSingha
      Originally Posted by christopher jon View Post

      In America we've mastered the art of *******izing other languages.
      Don't you mean *******ising?
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  • Profile picture of the author dudeontheweb
    I just wish the British would learn how to spell color and center correctly.
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      Originally Posted by dudeontheweb View Post

      I just wish the British would learn how to spell color and center correctly.
      You bloody Americans :p
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by dudeontheweb View Post

      I just wish the British would learn how to spell color and center correctly.
      I wish you'd stop screwing up our language and inventing new ways to spell things just so they fit with the way you want to pronounce them.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sunfyre7896
        Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

        I wish you'd stop screwing up our language and inventing new ways to spell things just so they fit with the way you want to pronounce them.
        I know right. Because everyone knows these words are pronounce cuhl-loohr and thea-trey. (That's cuh-luhr and thea-ter for us language butchering Americans)
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by dudeontheweb View Post

      I just wish the British would learn how to spell color and center correctly.
      And favorite and jewelry, etc. etc.

      Hang on...... I'm Australian and I spell everything the same way the UK does. Seems to me that the Americans have changed everything to suit themselves when the rest of the world has it right

      I say NEESH!!!!

      Love the question earlier too - do you Americans pronounce Quiche as Kitch?????
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by Sheryl Polomka View Post

        And favorite and jewelry, etc. etc.

        Hang on...... I'm Australian and I spell everything the same way the UK does. Seems to me that the Americans have changed everything to suit themselves when the rest of the world has it right

        I say NEESH!!!!

        Love the question earlier too - do you Americans pronounce Quiche as Kitch?????
        Quiche is an OBVIOUSLY french word, and IS pronounced keesh. Pronouncing it like kitch would sound like kitch, which is totally different.

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        • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
          Originally Posted by myob View Post

          Neither. You can't please everyone with such a divisive word. No one really knows how one would pronounce it in mixed niches, so if ever pressed to make an utterance I would just say "market segment" to keep from sounding like some kind of an idiot.
          Um...Paul, is that pronounced mark-it or mark-ette?

          Originally Posted by Eleva8 View Post

          So, is "quiche" pronounced as "kitch" in the US...
          No, but we also don't spell niche with a "u". Nuiche? Nice try though.

          Originally Posted by dagaul101 View Post

          I tend to think of it like Finch but with an N, rather like Nietzche but without the German
          Like Finch, but with an N ... Ninch?

          I've discovered a new market ninch, flipping domain names based on mispronunciations.
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          • Profile picture of the author seasoned
            Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

            Um...Paul, is that pronounced mark-it or mark-ette?
            There is ALSO MARKT and MARKETH(Roughly how many danes would pronounce it, in danish)
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            • Profile picture of the author pickthat apple
              let's not go into danish pronunciation...i beg you!
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  • Profile picture of the author EconomicalDomains
    I am from the US and have always pronounced it as nitch, but I have heard people pronounce it the other way as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rough Outline
    I pronounce it neesh, because that is how it is meant to be pronounced, but hey let's not let the correct way of doing things get in the way

    I'm joking
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    Neither... nish
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    Definitely nitch, although I've caught myself saying neesh sometimes after listening to too many UK'ers talk!
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  • Profile picture of the author Hamza
    the votes are 20-20 for each one lol
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    well I forgot to vote, so that's about to CHANGE!

    GO NITCH!
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  • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaOwls
    I was the 21st vote...but in all fairness....I actually mix it up and say both...when I am in mixed company it doesn't matter which one I say, there is always some dumbass that attempts to correct me with the version I DID NOT say.

    So whatever. I try to avoid that word
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    The way I see it, if it doesn't kill me, it only makes me stronger, so I pronounce it...

    neet-shuh



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  • Profile picture of the author Sunfyre7896
    People say Puh-tah-toe and luh-bor-uh-tory and shed-yool and other things that semi-annoy me, but that is their right and I just live with it, while secretly laughing in my head. I'm not telling you witch one I voted for. I mean witch niche, by the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    In America we've mastered the art of *******izing other languages.
    Don't you mean *******ising?
    *******ising <--- big red line.

    *******izing <---- no red line.

    I win.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
      Originally Posted by christopher jon View Post

      *******ising <--- big red line.

      *******izing <---- no red line.

      I win.
      EXACTLY what one would expect from El Conquistor.

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    EXACTLY what one would expect from El Conquistor.
    Wait a minute....

    r u makin' fun of me?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
      Originally Posted by christopher jon View Post

      Wait a minute....

      r u makin' fun of me?
      LOL

      Not at all. I meant it as a show of respect.

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    Nitch with a "b".
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  • Profile picture of the author IprovideSEO
    I learned to pronounce it has "neesh" in college but I've heard it as nitch too.

    I prefer to pronounce it the way I learned it in college however
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    I tend to think of it like Finch but with an N, rather like Nietzche but without the German
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  • Profile picture of the author highhopes
    Click on the loudspeaker icon get the sound of niche
    niche - French translation - bab.la English-French dictionary
    i thoink it is the american / english thing nitch!
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    • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
      I heard an American pronounce 'There are riches in niches' as ritches in nitches.

      Is it not obvious that it would be ritches in neeshes?

      This is what happened.

      Being a land that likes practical jokes, our ancestors waved off your ancestors and when the boat was out of sight someone said, 'Just for a laugh why don't we start pronouncing and spelling words differently? That'll confuse them when they come back to visit.'

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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by jimbo13 View Post

        I heard an American pronounce 'There are riches in niches' as ritches in nitches.

        Is it not obvious that it would be ritches in neeshes?

        This is what happened.

        Being a land that likes practical jokes, our ancestors waved off your ancestors and when the boat was out of sight someone said, 'Just for a laugh why don't we start pronouncing and spelling words differently? That'll confuse them when they come back to visit.'

        Dan
        Nice theory, but "American" is NOT that different from "British". Granted, when I was a kid, and heard aluminium for the first time, on the Avengers series(British actors imported from Britain), I thought it might be that they mispoke, or tried to talk about another material, etc... After all, there IS an element called krypton. It PREDATES the superman comics. KrO could conceivably be called kryptonite! I don't know how well they would combine, but they aren't THAT foreign!

        The idea of what they were talking about being aluminum was silly anyway. Oh well... Silver could maybe be absorbed, and create a skin condition. Copper could be absorbed, and lead to death. So I guess Aluminum makes sense. But I understood the rest FINE!

        Americans go there, and are understood. Brits come HERE and are understood. And MOST words are the same. In fact, there ARE times when a Brit may sound odd, use a strange word, etc.... You look in the dictionary, and find out it IS a word in "American". You may even look at old american writing, and see it used THERE. Some words just fell out of favor so most Americans never learned them. Of course, with all the foreigners coming here, things are changing.

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        • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
          I know it was just a joke.

          You see we did add the U to words like color and honor although I have no idea why we did that.

          I read that the fastest growing dialect in the English language is 'Californian Teenage Girl Speak.'

          It was something to do with the fact that films or programmes like Hannah Montana and High School Musical are watched by girls all over the world and they copy the slang.

          So teenage girls here start to say' Yeah whatever' and that then filters into mainstream usage after a while.

          They go around saying 'My bad' now.

          I don't know if this is from Californian High Schools but it seemed like a good theory.

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          • Profile picture of the author seasoned
            Originally Posted by jimbo13 View Post

            I know it was just a joke.

            You see we did add the U to words like color and honor although I have no idea why we did that.

            I read that the fastest growing dialect in the English language is 'Californian Teenage Girl Speak.'

            It was something to do with the fact that films or programmes like Hannah Montana and High School Musical are watched by girls all over the world and they copy the slang.

            So teenage girls here start to say' Yeah whatever' and that then filters into mainstream usage after a while.

            They go around saying 'My bad' now.

            I don't know if this is from Californian High Schools but it seemed like a good theory.

            Dan
            I HATE "my bad". That is a relatively new thing. I HATE "mea culpa". I HATE the pitched changes with a single word like "acKWArd". This is NOT something common in california highschools when I was there, etc...

            Even the garbage about "valley girl speak" was FICTION! I was born in, and lived most of my life in California. Most of it was in "the valley". YEP, I was near the mall used for fast times at ridgemont high, which was also mentioned in moon zappas "valley girl".

            As for yeah whatever, that probably started as a way to just say yeah, [i Hear you]! Whatever [you say].

            BTW mybad, and the pitch thing are being pushed by disney in all their latest series. You want to blame someone? BLAME THEM! I have NO idea why they are doing it but, unless they have ONE VERY LAZY writer, it is INTENTIONAL!

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  • Profile picture of the author Tarik93
    lol i just say neesh
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  • Profile picture of the author Pauline60
    Its a French word so the pronunciation should be 'neesh' or 'nish' - it does not have T sound in it. Having said that it does not bother me one jot when people from the US pronounce it 'nitch'. Life's too short for that. Tom-art-oes and tom-ate-oes. Its still a round red fruit either way.

    Where I come from the rest of the UK can hardly understand me anyway!
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  • Profile picture of the author Carl Fridsjö
    WOW, can't believe the voting was that even! I will never change my mind, you call it NEESH!
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  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    I say "neesh" I tend to get the side eye from Americans being a displaced Brit on the East Coast.

    I also get a nervous eye twitch when you Yanks pronounce the word herb as "erb"

    WHY??
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    I don't really care which way you say it.

    If you find a lucrative one, then you are free to call it whatever you wish : )

    Having said that, being that it's a French word, it's pronounced "neesh", but a lot of people say "nitch".

    It may be similar to the "tomato" argument, i.e the Brits, Australians and New Zealanders say it differently to North Americans.

    Who is right?

    Who is wrong?

    Who cares?
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