For years, the debate has raged on: is it Pry-mark or Pree-mark?
For Londoners (and everyone else down south), the answer is definitely the former. For northerners, Scots, and the Irish, the latter appears to be the preferred pronunciation. We’ve mocked and scolded one another over “getting it wrong” and it’s not too strong to say it’s the sort of thing that has (probably) ended a lot of shopping friendships.
So, in a bid to put an end to the squabbling, the budget clothing chain has weighed in and provided an official answer.
Writing on the store’s official website, a spokesperson has confirmed: “We like to use Pr-Eye-Mark.”
So, that’s Pry-mark. With the first syllable rhyming with ‘eye’ rather than with ‘tea’.
The store attempted to remain diplomatic in its response. Note that this is the pronunciation they within the brand “like” to use, so not necessarily the pronunciation that everyone in the world should use (although, to be fair, when this writer tells people that she prefers to be called ‘Kayleigh’ over ‘Kay’, she means that being called ‘Kay’ makes her want to scream and scream until she goes hoarse).
And yet, despite this, the world still has a LOT of opinions about it.
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
Didn't realise there was even a debate on the pronunciation of Primark?! It's definitely *PREYEMARK* not *PREEMARK* #primark— Anna (@Baroquechick86) August 14, 2017
People are saying they say "prEYEmark" what the heck is that— cait (@paperheartseb) February 10, 2017
Or am I just missing a joke SO CONFUSED
I have been pronouncing Primark wrong my whole life and I don't care. I will still go there, call it Preemark and continue to buy 50p kecks— Ms ÁINE CARSON (@AineCarson1) August 14, 2017
It's preemark https://t.co/L7jfrq6yYt— emz (@emzmorphe) August 14, 2017
It’s not. It’s PRY-mark.
Of course, you can say it however you want, really. Nobody’s stopping you. But there is now a correct way of doing things, which means you’re perfectly entitled to turn your nose up at all the ‘Preemark’ fans out there (if you so wish).
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