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'Niche', people pronounce it differently.

How do you say it?

     
8:59 am on Dec 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Is it a nitch or n-e-sh? :)
9:05 am on Dec 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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neesh, a nitch is something you scratch :)
9:13 am on Dec 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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>>neesh, a nitch is something you scratch

If that isn't a prize winning head-slapper, I don't know what is.

I call niche marketing "nitch marketing" but then again, French class was a long time ago, and I'm neither a linguistic purist or a comedian (like um....some other people around here). :P

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Neesh is a word for a relative as in, "that little girl is my neesh"...KF :o)

[edited by: King_Fisher at 9:21 am (utc) on Dec. 31, 2007]

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Don't scratch a nitch. You'll just make it nitchier!

There's only one pronunciation and that is neesh.

9:33 am on Dec 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There's only one pronunciation and that is neesh.

You might be surprised to find out some dictionaries have 'Niche' to be pronounced as 'Nitch'

I personally go for neesh

[edited by: Habtom at 10:20 am (utc) on Dec. 31, 2007]

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>>Neesh is a word for a relative as in, "that little girl is my neesh"...

Only if and when one has been imbibing.

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nitch but I can live with neesh
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The answer to this question really depends on how you pronounce 'Quiche'.

Bring on the can and the worms.....

[edited by: Dabrowski at 1:43 pm (utc) on Dec. 31, 2007]

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You say tomato, I say tomato ...
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If you speak like sean connery..then its him saying "nice" :p

But i say Neesh

:)

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Neesh comes off as affected dimestore French, at least here in the central USA. Worse when I hear someone over-French-ifying it, like a bad Maurice Chevalier impression.

Answers.com pronounces it nitch. That's what I hear about 80% of the time.
[answers.com...]

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I pronounce it ditch witch niche. Neesh sounds precious to my northwestern ears.
5:45 pm on Dec 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm neither a nitch or neesh type of guy, usually pronounce it nish.
5:59 pm on Dec 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Neesh comes off as affected dimestore French, at least here in the central USA.

Well, you Americans were never very good at pronunciation anyway. ;)

Toolips, Toosday, Aluminum, etc :)

Here in the UK we have no problem with using the original and correct pronunciation, which really is "neesh". Over here it tends to be the less "well read" or those who don't have the nous who use the Anglicised pronunciation.

Talking about "nous" do you say "nowse" or "noo" and what about "Art nouveau"? Do you say Art Nowvo or Art Noovoh? And what about the name "Jacques". Do you pronounce this as Jack with a soft J or Jackwes?

The reason I ask is that I find it strange that some people think they are a bit "affected" when they use French pronunciation on some words but not others - strange.

:) ;) ;) ;) :)

[edited by: BeeDeeDubbleU at 6:21 pm (utc) on Dec. 31, 2007]

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Neese, Isn't that a city in Italy? or France? Oh, I dont know one of those interchangeable European countries. :o)...KF
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>> use French pronunciation <<

I don't find it at all strange when the French use the French pronunciation of a word.

etc.

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Even here on the US east coast, I don't hear "neesh" much anymore, except from a few seniors. Webster's and American Heritage list "nich" as the primary pronunciation.

I say "nitch" myself, and I've been accused of speaking Mid-Atlantic English on occasion.

If you are British, however, please keep saying "neesh." We Americans just can't get enough of those cute accents of yours.

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Neesh. If the person I'm speaking to gives me an odd look, I say nitch. OED gives both. If I wanted to come off as over-educated I'd say nidus.

Does Chaucer rhyme with saucer or Sha-sayr? Do you say Vagner or Wagner? Is Julius Caesar pronounced Yoolius Kaiser or Julios Seezer? Forums or fora? See-ment or Suh-ment for cement?

Much more comes into play than education. Regional dialects. The desire not to sound like a pompous ass, getting your dipthong in a knot... ;)

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Some years back I was a director of a Ltd firm called Niche Ideas, I became very fed up with people messing with the name.

It still makes my teeth grate when I hear the American way.

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nitch nitch nitch nitch
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It still makes my teeth grate when I hear the American way

But there is no standard UK way either, I believe.

The word is from Old French. Perhaps we could get a 1,000 year old Frenchman to settle this.

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The word is from Old French

From modern French too ;) In French the pronunciation is "neesh". I suspect the "nitch" came from comparing the written word with similar ones in English such as "rich".

I say niche in the French way, but then again I live in a French-speaking province so I'm more likely not to deform French words imported into English. :)

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>>The word is from Old French.

Learned borrowing from the Latin. The French messed it up first. ;)

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As I said in my earlier post I always wonder why English speaking people think it is affected to use French pronunciation in some words but not others, I mean who pronounces cuisine in any way other than Kwee Zeen?
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I live in the UK so say "neesh" but I belive that most Americans pronounce it "nitch".
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> A local radio station host here seems to pronounce 'presumably' in a way I can't understand, and she says she is from New Zealand and I am not sure if that has got anything to do with New Zealanders pronouncing it differently.

> A few years back, I met someone from the UK (no doubt in that) who pronounces 'Bus' just the way it is written, being such a senior person you wouldn't expect him to not be serious to someone he just met. After a while, whenever I mentioned the word 'bus' (well the right way ;)), he asked me why I can't say things the way they are written.

Does what this person said make sense to anyone?

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pronounces 'Bus' just the way it is written

That's the way you're supposed to? Unless you mean he said 'buzz', which is common slang over here. Or he said 'boo-ss' in which case he was probably just senile.

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Neesh

:)

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>>who pronounces cuisine in any way other than Kwee Zeen?

You'd be surprised. I can think of Kwi-zeen and Kwa-zeen as well as the 's' being pronounced as a sharp 's' rather than a 'z' for starters.

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