Why is Mike pronounced with one syllable and Nike pronounced with two syllables?

  1. RunnerJane33 profile image50
    RunnerJane33posted 7 years ago

    Why is Mike pronounced with one syllable and Nike pronounced with two syllables?

  2. dabeaner profile image54
    dabeanerposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to the English language.  ;-)
    Mike is an English abbreviation of Michael.
    Nike is a Greek word (Nike, the goddess of victory).
    And the pronunciations of words from different languages sometimes make it unchanged into English, and other times not.  Go figure.

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    nomadicasianposted 7 years ago

    Sometimes the English language is too complex to understand and vary in meanings from one country to another. For example "elevator" is American English while the British calls it "lift" and the word like rubber shoes or running shoes is also called snickers. Apartment is also called flat by the British. But anyway thanks to the English language because without it people of all race won't be able to understand each other.

 
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