How do you pronounce "Blink 182"? The internet is majorly divided
20 November 2018, 17:29
Do you say "one eight two" or "one eighty-two"? Surprisingly, it's not a settled debate.
Those of us who grew up in the 2000s cannot deny the influence of pop punk legends Blink 182. One thing we all agree on is the fact that they dominated in their genre and continue to influence music today. Something fans can't seem to agree on is how to actually say their name.
People are divided over whether the number in Blink 182 is pronounced "one eighty-two" or "one eight two". Now, there is a third option which is "one hundred and eighty two" but we've literally never heard anyone say it like that so we'll just put that one aside for now.
It all started when Late Late Show with James Cordon head writer brought attention to the fact that British people tend to pronounce Blink 182 like "blink one eight two".
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
Obviously not all British people pronounce it like "one eight two", but everyone I've ever spoken to who said it like that has been British. Make of that what you will.
Lots of people chimed in at this point with their own theories on why it's pronounced one way or the other.
Some argued that saying Blink "one eight two" wasn't actually a British thing.
While others introduced new and inventive ways to say the number.
James Cordon even chimed in with his own thoughts on how to say 182.
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
So, how do you actually pronounce Blink 182?
Well, if we're SOLELY going on how the band pronounce their own name, it's "blink one eighty-two". Here's one of the many times they introduced themselves in interview.
blink-182 - Bandmates
However, Mark Hoppus' verdict is that we're all focusing on the wrong thing.
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
Well, now that Mark has spoken, we can hopefully put this confusing episode behind us.