People Who Pronounce “Coincidence”, “Ko-ink-eee-dink”

The reason behind it is as shrouded in mystery as the Great Pyramid of Gisa and the Bermuda Triangle.

There are people out there, and no one knows why, but they feel the strange need to pronounce the word “coincidence” — ko-ink-ee-dink.

Usually, when someone says that word, just the way in which they pronounce it communicates to me that they want you to think that they’re (a) cute, (b) clever, (c) on some kind of mood altering prescribed psychological enhancer, (d) currently the mother or father to a 6 month old baby, (e) from Utah, (f) funny, (g) an etymologist who never really studied much…or (h) annoying.

The same, of course, could be said about people who want to “axe you a question”, but really — aren’t they just too easy to skewer?

I think so.

13 comments on “People Who Pronounce “Coincidence”, “Ko-ink-eee-dink”

  1. Jane - September 27, 2004 at 9:36 am -

    The important difference between the “ko-ink-eee-dink” people and the “axe you a question” people is that the former are pronouncing their word that way on purpose for some reason and the latter usually don’t know any better.

  2. Hilary - September 27, 2004 at 11:48 am -

    OK, how about the people who pronounce coupon incorrectly?
    It’s coo-pon. Not q-pon.

  3. Bakerina - September 27, 2004 at 11:50 am -

    “Ko-ink-eee-dink” is only acceptable if you are channelling Ned Flanders. Likewise “I’m in a real dilly of a pickle!” Otherwise, please, just don’t.

  4. Joel - September 27, 2004 at 3:05 pm -

    In response to Hilary, Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary ( lists *either* as an acceptable pronunciation:

    Pronunciation: ‘kü-“pän, ‘kyü-

    And you can even click on two different icons to hear it audibly pronounced both ways.

    On another note, the two distinct pronunciations for “shit” on there really crack me up! And no, I did not look up “coincidence” to see if it included two pronunciations as well. 😉

  5. Hilary - September 27, 2004 at 3:16 pm -

    Joel, nooooooo it’s still wrong. And drives me nuts. 🙂

  6. Pauly D - September 27, 2004 at 4:05 pm -

    Oh Joel – I think you’d at least look up “coincidence” while you were at it.

    Tsk, tsk, tsk.

  7. Erin - September 27, 2004 at 10:37 pm -

    How about people who say “expresso” instead of “espresso”?

    Oooh, there are so many coffee shop pronounciation nightmares. You’d have a field day with those Pauly 🙂

  8. Pauly D - September 27, 2004 at 10:42 pm -

    Oh man, Erin — you are SO RIGHT.

  9. Erin - September 28, 2004 at 1:50 am -

    I’ve got a whole list of them if you’re interested 🙂

  10. Andrea - September 28, 2004 at 4:44 pm -

    I bet Erin makes WFYE this week!

  11. Erin - September 29, 2004 at 1:42 am -

    🙂 So did anybody else watch Gilmore Girls tonight?? I totally thought of you and this post, Pauly!

  12. Pauly D - September 29, 2004 at 8:22 am -

    Gilmore Girls? Nope. What happened?

  13. Erin - September 30, 2004 at 1:57 am -

    Rory totally said “What a Ko-ink-eee-dink”. It was priceless! Pauly, it is not I who has Nostradamus tendencies, it’s so you! 🙂

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