How to say "either" and "neither"

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 28 00:14:15 UTC 2013

"N"eye"ther (~niether) one of us wants to be the first to say goodbye?"  Oh, Gladys Knight; you wouldn't.

I believe tradstreeng (string of letters in traditional spelling) "ei" is pronounced "eye" in German.

Interestingly, if we are to be accepting of alternative pronunciations in a kind and charitable way, than we should also be accepting of alternative phonetic spelling systems, especially if they are superior to the present.

Tom Zurinskas, Conn 20 yrs, Tenn 3, NJ 33, now Fl 9.
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> Subject: Re: How to say "either" and "neither"
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> On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at> wrote:
> > either [EYE-ther ~ EE-ther]: Probably c. 1962, Brother Regan (EE not AY)
> > told us boys a joke about an Englishman & an American arguing over the
> > pronunciation of <either>, so they asked an Irishman (or maybe Scotsman) to
> > decide: <<[AY-ther] will do>> he says.
> >
> FWIW, the distribution of (n)EE-ther and (n)EYE-ther is IMO, totally
> random, like unto EE-conomic v. EK-conomic, in BE. E.g. I use EE-, but my
> mother used EYE-. But plenty of people in my congeries also use EYE-. So,
> it's not a generational thing and it doesn't have anything to do with
> social status, either. You simply "go for what you know." It matters not.
> I had no idea that there was any controversy regarding the pronunciation of
> these words amongst y'all. Is there also a controversy WRT EE-conomic v.
> EK-conomic amongst y'all that I don't know about?
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> -Wilson
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