Fans of punk-pop rockers Blink-182 have become embroiled in a transatlantic dispute after it became apparent that there is more than one way of pronouncing the band’s name! Forget the Macron and Trump spat, we need to settle this important global issue right now.
It all kicked off when Late Late Show writer Ian Karmel noticed the difference in pronunciation of Blink- 182 and took to Twitter to reveal all. Karmel said on the social media site, “The British call Blink-182 ‘Blink One Eight Two’ and I’m not saying that’s WHY they lost the Revolutionary War, but…”
The British call Blink-182 “Blink One Eight Two” and I’m not saying that’s WHY they lost the Revolutionary War, but…
— Karmitzvah (@IanKarmel) November 19, 2018
According to the NME, when British fans quizzed the comic regarding the Americans pronunciation, he told them it was said “one eighty-two.”.
However, things got more confusing when Karmel’s boss, James Corden weighed in on the discussion. Incidentally, it was Corden’s odd pronunciation that initiated the debate. What would he know? He did own up that his British diction is wrong but in terms of proper speaking, so is the American way! “They technically should be called Blink one hundred and eighty two,” he joked. “Don’t take some moral high ground here.”
Don’t start this. I admit we are wrong on this. America calls them Blink One eighty two. Which is also wrong. They technically should be called Blink one hundred and eighty two. Don’t take some moral high ground here. https://t.co/zm2Gpb6xtT
— James Corden (@JKCorden) November 19, 2018
It eventually took an actual member of Blink-182 to clear up the debate. In his own tweet, Mark Hoppus suggested that either “one eight two” or “one eighty-two” was fine. However, none of us have got the capitalisation correct for decades. “But in all of this, I feel like we’ve lost sight of the fact that the B in blink-182 should be lower-case,” Hoppus wrote.
Thank you James. Some say one eighty two. Some say one eight two. But in all of this, I feel like we’ve lost sight of the fact that the B in blink-182 should be lower-case. https://t.co/d3Gi2Ezmhu
— stuffing and marked potatoes 🏳️🌈 (@markhoppus) November 19, 2018
Right…Former blink band member Tom DeLonge also threw in his two cents, “It’s actually— Blink eighteen-two,” he quipped, saying “People have all gotten this wrong for years. Sometimes this can happen with very complex, thoughtful and elevated art.”
It’s actually— Blink eighteen-two. People have all gotten this wrong for years. Sometimes this can happen with very complex, thoughtful and elevated art. https://t.co/jmsfv401KF
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) November 19, 2018
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