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How Do You Pronounce 'Either'?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by James, Jun 9, 2011.


How Do You Pronounce 'Either'?

  1. Ee-ther (ee-dhər)

    21 vote(s)
  2. Eye-ther (eye-dhər)

    3 vote(s)
  1. James

    James Well-Known Member

    It's a curious little word, the pronunciation differs. How do you pronounce either?
    Ee-ther or eye-ther (or in Wikipedia terms: ee-dhər or eye-dhər)

    I personally seem to vary between both, with no reason as to why :rolleyes:

    If you use both, just put your preferred/most used option as the vote.
  2. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I mostly use eye-ther, but also seem to vary between the two on occasion.
    No idea why.
  3. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I use both.
  4. Danny.VBT

    Danny.VBT Active Member

    Depends on the context, which probably depends on other vowel sounds surrounding the word since I don't think there is any grammatical reason for the varying pronunciations.
  5. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Eethar Eyethar, neether nyether, neither is wrong, either is right :)
    Steve F, Renada, jonsidneyb and 4 others like this.
  6. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    I use both as well, and it does seem to follow the words that surround it.
  7. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    I concur.

    Both have reasons for use.

    "Either one" is pronounced Eye-ther (eye-dhər) one. And "Me either" is pronounced Me Ee-ther (ee-dhər). Simple as that.
  8. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Should have added an option for both ;)
  9. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    No matter how you do it I think you will eventually find someone that objects. :)
  10. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    Which is actually grammatically incorrect. It's supposed to be "Me neither".
    Forsaken and Kim like this.
  11. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, never thought about it that much. :) Thanks for the post.
  12. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Wait, what about usage such as either this or that?
  13. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    "I don't like it"
    "Either do I" (the formal form of "Me either")

    Does that sound odd to you? It should.

    As for 'this or that' situations:
    "Which one do you like"
    "Neither one" (I don't like both of them)
    "Either one" (I like both)
  14. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    I was thinking more like. "You can have either one of these"

    I am not a grammarian by any stretch of the imagination.
  15. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    I'm not a strictly grammatical myself, but I seem to have a sensitivity what's correct or incorrect.

    The whole neither/either argument can get confusing, but whenever someone says "Me either", they're put into the same category as those who use 'then' for 'than', and 'there' for 'they're' (or 'there' for 'their'), etc.
  16. Danny.VBT

    Danny.VBT Active Member

    Both are informal, so it's silly to suggest one is more grammatically correct than the other.
  17. Marc

    Marc Well-Known Member

    Either or :p
  18. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    But one is nonsense, so if you want to make a negative impression, go for it. Someday you'll make a negative impression on the wrong person, affecting your entire life. But young folks don't usually worry about that until it's too late. ;)
  19. Danny.VBT

    Danny.VBT Active Member

    Just because someone disagrees with you is no reason to pull "the age card."

    By the way, from my experience, age can either be a metric of wisdom or ignorance...depends on the person. :)
  20. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    In the whole time that I have worked, I have never met anyone who would have based their full impression of a person on their linguistic skills, or how correct their grammar is.

    And my boss is a a world class grammar nazi who will rant at you if you use slang.

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