Eeee-ther or eye-ther? Neee-ther or neye-ther???

(11 Posts)
headfairy Tue 11-Sep-12 22:36:47

What is the correct pronunciation of either and neither?

Virgil Tue 11-Sep-12 22:38:30

I believe it is eye ther and nye ther. Or at least DH always corrects me when I say ee ther.

Goofus Wed 12-Sep-12 12:37:08

I use both but I think eye-ther and nye-ther sound more 'correct'.

redexpat Tue 25-Sep-12 19:07:55

<sings> Let's call the whole thing off!

ScatterChasse Wed 26-Sep-12 15:49:01

I thought that redexpat grin

I think nye-ther and eye-ther are the 'original' English pronunciations, and neether/eether are the more common American ones.

stifnstav Sun 30-Sep-12 16:21:00

This drives me mad.

DH sings that the Grand Old Duke of York's men were neee-ther up nor down. I say that they were nye-ther up nor down.

I am correct. I can feel it in my waters.

sausagesandwich34 Sun 30-Sep-12 16:23:09

I use both depending on the other words in the sentence

nulgirl Sun 30-Sep-12 16:24:12

Have just said them out loud and realise I say ee-ther and nye-ther. Going for the mix and match approach.

Maat Sun 30-Sep-12 16:24:32

eye & nye.

Aye.

VintageRainBoots Tue 06-Nov-12 05:57:53

In the US, you hear both pronunciations. I tend to say eether and neether, though.

(Yup, I'm 'Murican).

Like ENvelope or ONvelope (pronunciation, not spelling!) and garridge, garrAHge etc., I believe that these are .... er, don't know. Just use either. (Eether) or Eyether. It's down to preference or what you've grown up with, although I don't know which is actually Correct, in a loo/toilet Mitford kind of way. Does it matter?

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