Sunday, October 22, 2006

Heard It Wrong?

For years I have heard and pronounced the word niche rhyming with the name for a female dog. Lately, I've heard it used sounding like the mid 20th century replacement for using the lord's name in vain - geesh. I'm now starting to wonder which is correct for a US speaker.

So, which is it?




Leave your vote in the comments.

As for me, I'm going to try to make my speech a little more urban and use "Nee-otch"

Here's what the OED says:
neece, niece, niech, neech, nice, nich, nitch, niche.

Okay, that didn't make any sense. But I've always pronounced neech.
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