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Who is this Mike guy?
And what does he have to do with a microphone?
Is that like, “open sesame?”
How exactly does one pronounce “mic”? Rhymes with “tic”?
Some people hate “open mike” because, in theory, microphone would get shortened to “mic.”
And yet, most dictionaries maintain that “open mike” is the correct usage. Wonder why?
Some words in the English language that are shortened in unexpected ways:
- Microphone, Mike
- Bicycle, Bike
- Cocaine, Coke
- Nuclear, Nuke
- Tricycle, Trike
- Cucumber, Cuke
- Jacob, Jake
- Michael, Mike
This post does a great job of explaining how English got to be so nutty when it comes to shortening our words. Some people continue to prefer “open mic” over “open mike” as a matter of personal preference.