Thursday, July 7, 2011

Roll Me Over, Romeo

In the Electric Light Orchestra's cover of "Roll Over, Beethoven" (which I cannot, in good conscience, recommend), Jeff Lynne pretty clearly pronounces the titular name as BAIT-hoven. Chuck Berry, as well as every other American I can think of, says it "BAY-toven." The distinction is subtle but very clear once you start listening for it.

Is this just a difference between British and American English? How would the Germans - say, the Scorpions or Falco - pronounce it? Anyone know?

1 comment:

  1. I'm just not sure there's a man or woman alive who can distinguish between your "BAIT-hoven" and "BAY-toven." I've spoken it aloud many times and, my hand to God, I can't do it.