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Co-vid or Cov-id ... how to do say it?

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Dee1975 Mon 22-Jun-20 20:43:10

Ok, so I probably need to lighten up (!) but I say ‘co-vid’ yet some people on the telly are pronouncing it as ‘cov-id’ and it really winds me up!! What do you say? Am I being unreasonable in thinking they are saying it wrong!!!

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Itstheprinciple Mon 22-Jun-20 20:45:36

I say co-vid but have heard both. Just as long as they don't say cORvid like my DH. It makes me scream inside every time.

sleepismysuperpower1 Mon 22-Jun-20 20:45:39
go to 2:06 of this video and she does the correct pronunciation, I pronounce it Co-vid

Tanfastic Mon 22-Jun-20 20:46:00

I don't think it matters. I pronounce Co-vid. Everybody else where I work pronounces it the same (NHS).

bubbleup Mon 22-Jun-20 20:46:14

Co-vid. I assume it's that pleb Gove? Why he has to say it different I'll never know confused

Crispsnatcher Mon 22-Jun-20 20:48:08

Co-vid.... but truthfully, both ways sound the same in my head no matter how much emphasis I put on the i

Gertie75 Mon 22-Jun-20 20:50:31

I say cOvid but have heard quite a few pronounce it covvid, maybe it's regional, I'm in Staffs.

RunningNinja79 Mon 22-Jun-20 20:53:30

Sorry not sure which is which in your OP, but I say it to rhyme with no rather than have the o said in the same way as in dot (sorry couldn't think of an actual word). For some really irrational reason it irritates me when its pronounced that way. Petty I know.

MarshaBradyo Mon 22-Jun-20 20:55:54

Co to rhyme with show

It makes me double take when other way

HowLongCanICallitBabyWeight Mon 22-Jun-20 20:56:22

Co-vid (like Co-op) but I have a colleague who says Co-vaid like Live aid , I can't get worked up about it though

22Giraffes Mon 22-Jun-20 20:57:45

Co-vid, anything else sounds weird to me!

thecatsthecats Mon 22-Jun-20 21:22:12

I hate cov-id, but mainly because the only person I know who says that is a spectacular arsehole.

KitKat1985 Mon 22-Jun-20 21:25:24


OhhhPeee Mon 22-Jun-20 21:28:07

Cove-id. The first part rhymes with Gove. Which is ironic, because he pronounces it the other way.

FiveFootTwoEyesOfBlue Mon 22-Jun-20 21:28:27

My kids are always telling me off for saying cov - id (i.e. to rhyme with 'of'), and most newsreaders etc seem to say co - vid.

However, it's a made up word! It didn't exist before this year. The 'co' bit comes from corona and the vi from virus. I don't know where the 'd' comes from. So I suppose logically we should pronounce the 'co' in the same way as the first part of 'corona'. Which in my accent is kind of like 'cuh'


FiveFootTwoEyesOfBlue Mon 22-Jun-20 21:31:19

Just to add: from a linguistic point of view, the 'co' is NOT the same as the 'co' in for example co-parenting. Which is a prefix meaning 'jointly' or 'with'.

Corona means crown. The virus is crown-shaped.

PlanBea Mon 22-Jun-20 21:33:00

Co-vid as it is the Co(Rona) Vi(rus) D(isease)

cologne4711 Mon 22-Jun-20 21:33:43

When I did the Futurelearn course they pronounced it co-vee.

NameChange2PostThis Mon 22-Jun-20 21:38:41

I say Co-vid rhymes with Gove-id

But my family member who is a Covid doctor says Cov-id with an o sound same as the o in hover and bother - so I suspect I’m wrong and he’s right.

Lweji Mon 22-Jun-20 21:39:53

Strictly, the vi should be as in virus, so everybody is wrong. grin

Whycantibetangy Mon 22-Jun-20 21:41:05

I pronounce it Cor - oh - nahgrin

Lweji Mon 22-Jun-20 21:46:08

I pronounce it Cor - oh - nah

Do you really pronounce Covid as Cor-oh-nah? wink

SadSisters Mon 22-Jun-20 21:47:52

It’s cow-veed (to rhyme with how-seed)

Dee1975 Mon 22-Jun-20 22:34:25

Ha yes it is gove! Gets right on my nerves!

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