(ee)-ther or (i)-ther
Would you please tell me, as rudely as you can, how I should pronounce the word, "either"? Being rude is an option, but I always find it amusing when someone who knows beyond a shadow of a doubt alot more than I do, comes up with a fresh and inventive way of saying, "You're an idiot."
British English - eyether (schwa sound on the "er")
American English - eether (not sure if there's a schwa there)
In American English, the second syllable isn't really a true schwa, since the 'r' is pronounced (at least in most places).
>In American English, the second syllable isn't really a true schwa, since the 'r' is pronounced (at least in most places). <
So it sounds like "Hi there!" without the "h", right?
Here's what I wrote for a similar thread about "either" and "neither" from a few weeks ago:
Of the two pronunciations "(n)eye-ther" and "(n)ee-ther", both are fine. The Cambridge Online Dictionary, for example, lists both pronunciations for both British and American English.
If I'm not mistaken, "(n)eye-ther" is predominant in Britain and "(n)ee-ther" is predominant in the US, but in each country there's a minority that uses the other pronunciation.