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How to say: Bowie

16:02 UK time, Monday, 8 January 2007

A weekly guide to the words and names in the news from Eva Liina Asu-Garcia of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.

This week is the 60th birthday of David Bowie who was born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London, on 8 Jan 1947. Although his name is often pronounced as BOW-ee (-ow as in now) the pronunciation that he uses and we recommend is BOH-ee (-oh as in no). He is married to the Somali-born supermodel Iman (pronounced ee-MAN).

(For a guide to our phonetic pronunciations, click here.)

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