Why is this Mike - M-eye-K, but this Nike is N-eye-K-E?

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  • 1 month ago

    Welcome to english. I'm a native speaker and even I get so confused with some stuff

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month 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. 

  • denise
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Nike is a brand name similar to Nestle so they emphasize the 'E'.

  • 1 month 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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  • 1 month ago

    Nike is not an English-origin name so does not follow English rules.

  • 1 month ago

    It is inconsistent - but Nike is a name, and people can assign/claim any pronunciation they want to their name.

  • Anonymous
    1 month 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?" 

  • 1 month 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.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    because there is very little consistency (phonetics) in English spelling

    greek Nike is nee-kay

    the shoebrand is neyek where I live

  • Because Mike is colloquial English and Nike is Greek.

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