How to say: Bowie
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.)