How to pronounce the word "either"

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Hello.

I wonder how to pronounce this word. Sometimes I hear it pronounced with "e" (as "internet") and sometimes I hear it pronounced as a pronoun "I". I'm interested in the american opinion.

Thank you!
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At least two different pronunciations of this word exist. By the way, you can check it in an english-english dictionary.

http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/dictionary/either
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Anonymous:
I pronuonce "either" as ~eether, but Pres. Obama says ~iether EYE-ther. I was born and raised in Connecticut. It was ~ee mostly in those days.

See justpaste.it/ayk for ~truespel phonetics notation.

Tom Z
Thank you, but I'd love to know which one is the most used in the USA.
I know nothing about such a survey but if you google it then you can find some explanation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Either

http://www.talktalk.co.uk/reference/dictionaries/english/data/d0081999.html

To tell the truth I think [ˈiː] is much more common in US because I didn't find such an explanation which would say anything else.
ok, I'm down with that, thanks.
Hi,

Here's a famous song about two people who each pronounce some words differently.

It almost causes them to call off (ie end) their romance.

Let's call the whole thing off

You say "either" and I say "either"
You say "neither" I say "neither"
"Either" "either", "neither" "neither"
Let's call the whole thing off
You say "potato," I say "patattah"
You say "tomato", I say "creole tomata"
Oh, let's call the whole thing off
Oh, if we call the whole thing off
Then we must part and oh
If we ever part, that would break my heart
So, I say "ursta" you say "oyster"
I'm not gonna stop eatin' urstas just cause you say oyster,
Oh, let's call the whole thing off
Oh, I say "pajamas", you say "pajamas"
Sugar, what's the problem?
Oh, for we know we need each other so
We'd better call the calling off off
So let's call it off, oh let's call it off
Oh, let's call it off, baby let's call it off
Sugar why don't we call it off,
I'm talking baby why call it off
Call it off
Let's call the whole thing off


Clive

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CliveYou say "potato," I say "patattah"
You say "tomato", I say "creole tomata"
Hi Clive

I know the song very well. I have it on my records. There is a difference in British and American English in the pronunciation of tomato but the British pronounce potatothe same way Americans (and Canadians) do. Song writers can of course take all kinds of liberties and present us with whatever they like. Besides, of course there may me a "you" who actually says "patattah".Emotion: smile

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