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NICHE - pronounced Nitch, Neesh, or Nish?

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toadgirl Thu 28-Jul-16 13:59:40

I would always pronounce it "neesh", as it's a French word.

I just read that Merriam-Webster lists the other pronunciations as also being correct. I believe that the US prefers "nitch", whilst the UK is more likely to pronounce it "neesh".

Which one do you use?

StealthPolarBear Thu 28-Jul-16 14:02:24


Hassled Thu 28-Jul-16 14:02:34

Neesh. Wouldn't have occurred to me there are other pronunciations - but then I thought that about the word almond.

SenecaFalls Thu 28-Jul-16 14:46:44

I say "neesh" and I'm American.

tribpot Thu 28-Jul-16 14:47:41

Neesh. See also: clique. This word is NOT pronounced 'click'.

ThatsMyStapler Thu 28-Jul-16 14:49:14

clique = cleeek

hugoagogo Thu 28-Jul-16 14:50:08

If I hear nitch I think of some sort of cubbby hole thing.confused

TheNumberfaker Thu 28-Jul-16 14:54:12

Definitely 'neesh'.

I usually say 'cleek' but do occasionally say 'click' if I'm being dergatory.

cheekyfunkymonkey Thu 28-Jul-16 14:54:57

Thank goodness. I was worried for a second but common sense prevails

DramaAlpaca Thu 28-Jul-16 14:56:22


Iamthegreatest1 Thu 28-Jul-16 15:00:28

trib thanks fo reminding me of the correct pronunciation for Clique.
Also is Salmon - Samon? (Silent L)

TheNumberfaker Thu 28-Jul-16 15:19:40

*dergatory of course blush

TheNumberfaker Thu 28-Jul-16 15:20:28

Bloody iPhone DEROGATORY!

TheDropBear Thu 28-Jul-16 15:30:23

I am guilty of saying click, think it's because of all the American high school films I watched growing up.

HopperBusTicket Thu 28-Jul-16 15:32:46



HopperBusTicket Thu 28-Jul-16 15:34:14

On this subject I worked with a man who pronounced calibre as cal-ee-bray. It is cal-ai-ber, isn't it?!

headinhands Thu 28-Jul-16 15:37:03

The only times I heard it spoken it was 'neech'. (Only twice, don't move in those circles)

WanderingTrolley1 Thu 28-Jul-16 15:38:09


ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 28-Jul-16 15:38:36


ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 28-Jul-16 15:41:58

Calibre definitely ends in ber

LyndaNotLinda Thu 28-Jul-16 15:48:44

Neesh, cleek, kali-bur

Click and nitch fill me with rage

ArgyMargy Thu 28-Jul-16 15:57:08

Call-EE-bray would be a Spanish-style pronunciation. It's definitely not call-EYE-ber (we say that as a joke in my family). Calliber with emphasis on the first syllable is most common. And neesh for me - but Americans have always pronounced French words in their own way so nitch is fine if you're American. Maybe nitch is more West Coast?

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