Why is this Mike - M-eye-K, but this Nike is N-eye-K-E?
- 4 weeks ago
Welcome to english. I'm a native speaker and even I get so confused with some stuff
- GypsyfishLv 74 weeks ago
Words that come into English from other languages often retain the pronunciation in the original language- like "tortilla", which is pronounce "tor-tiya" not "tor-till-a". The final e is not silent in most languages, so it gets pronounced in words like guacamole (gwak-a-mol-a) and Nike, which is the name of a Greek goddess.
- deniseLv 74 weeks ago
Nike is a brand name similar to Nestle so they emphasize the 'E'.
- bluebellbkkLv 74 weeks ago
"Mike" is short for Michael, which is pronounced "MY- kl".
"Nike" is the ancient Greek word for "victory', and has two syllables.
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- busterwasmycatLv 74 weeks ago
Nike is not an English-origin name so does not follow English rules.
- All hatLv 74 weeks ago
It is inconsistent - but Nike is a name, and people can assign/claim any pronunciation they want to their name.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
You're putting the cart before the horse by asking "why is this spelling pronounced in this way?" The question should really be "Why is this pronunciation spelled in this way?"
- BillybeanLv 74 weeks ago
For the same reason that Pilates is not pronounce Pie-laytes.
Bow - and arrow
Bow -bend at the waist
Bough - a tree branch
Bought - purchased something.
The list is pretty endless with the vagarities of an old language like English.
- ZirpLv 74 weeks ago
because there is very little consistency (phonetics) in English spelling
greek Nike is nee-kay
the shoebrand is neyek where I live
- 4 weeks ago
Because Mike is colloquial English and Nike is Greek.