Pry-mark or Pree-mark?
How to pronounce the budget retailer's name has caused a basket-load of debate.
Some claim "Pry-mark" is an upmarket affectation. Others say "Pree-mark" is a northern thing.
But Primark have tried to settle the matter once and for all, writing on their website: "We like to use Pr-Eye-Mark."
Like literally every single person I know pronounces it "Preemark" cause saying "Prymark" makes it sounds like you think it's upmarket 😂— Niamhy Bolger (@niamhioos) August 2, 2017
I cringe a lot inside when my aunt says preemark 😭😭😭😭— Pangwa (@phoenixpangwa) July 26, 2017
my mum says primeark instead of preemark, I think I'm adopted— michael (@kickthetradgedy) August 12, 2017
But Primark isn't the only brand that people mispronounce...
- IKEA: if you follow the Swedes, it's "ee-kay-uh" not "eye-kee-ah". The word is made up of the initials of the founder's name and the village he grew up in
- Does Nike rhyme with like? Apparently not. Chairman Philip Knight confirmed the pronunciation in 2014 was in fact Ni-key, after the Greek goddess of victory
- Another sports brand getting our tongues in a twist is Adidas. Named after its founder Adi Dassler (Adolf Dassler), it's A-di-das not a-DEE-das.
- Luxury car brand Porsche also takes it name from its founder, Ferdinand Porsche. His family name has two syllables: 'Por-shuh'
- And if you're after a pint of Hoegaarden - hailing from the Flemish region of Belgium - make sure to ask for a 'Who-gar-den'. Anything else would sound daft.