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    Default /skaip/ OR /skaipi/

    How can we say it (Skype)?
    Is it /skaip/ OR /skaipi/?


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    Default Re: /skaip/ OR /skaipi/

    I say /skaip/

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    Default Re: /skaip/ OR /skaipi/

    hmmm!!!!
    I say that too...but you have heard as /skaipi/, haven't you?

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    Default Re: /skaip/ OR /skaipi/

    I haven't heard anyone pronounce the second vowel.

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    Default Re: /skaip/ OR /skaipi/

    well, I have.
    I was even corrected many times when I said /skaip/!

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    Default Re: /skaip/ OR /skaipi/

    Hmmm...
    Maybe by people who thought you were talking about sneakers / plimsols.
    Joking apart, it might be a sort of "asssimilation" with the brand name.

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    Default Re: /skaip/ OR /skaipi/

    I have heard a few people say /skaipi/, and I agree with Alain about the most likely reason.

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    Default Re: /skaip/ OR /skaipi/

    Maybe...

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    Default Re: /skaip/ OR /skaipi/

    I've always said /skaipi/, and was quite surprised to hear people say /skaip/. For me it probably comes from living in Spain, where you pronounce all the letters in a word.

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    Default Re: /skaip/ OR /skaipi/

    Actually, at the beginning of the success of the brand in France, most people pronounced the name /naik/ , just like "Mike" or "Spike".
    A final "e" in a word is never sounded /i/, and if it had been sounded, it would have been like the Greek word for victory, nikê /nike/, in which case it would have been very awkward since it sounds exactly the same as "niqué" which is a slang word everybody understands and which means "f***ed", or "busted", depending on the context.
    Not a very good name for a trade mark over here, is it?...

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