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20th Nov 2018

Blink-182 fans from the US and UK are arguing about how to pronounce the band’s name

Rich Cooper

There’s a debate raging online about the pronunciation of pop punk band Blink-182’s name

Now, it always seemed very clear. The numbers are one, eight and two. One, eight, two. 182. Easy.

Not so. Thanks to America’s cultural imperialism, we’ve known for a long time that fans on that side of the big wet pond pronounce it ‘Blink One Eighty Two’, which is absurd, of course.

However, a writer on The Late Late Show with James Corden recently discovered that we Brits pronounce it ‘Blink One Eight Two’, which was something of a revelation for folks in America.

And of course, that sparked a huge discussion, as shocked Americans went up against perplexed Brits. We’ll spare you the endless tweets of people saying the same things, but this was the gist of it.

Actually, that’s kind of the gist of most online arguments. “Here is a thing.” “This thing is wrong!” “You are wrong!” “FIGHT ME.”

Then we had some turncoat Brits betraying the Queen with their opinions.

Then the heavyweights came out. James Corden, host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, jumped in with his thoughts.

THEN Blink-182 singer and bassist Mark Hoppus brought up an important point.

THEN former guitarist and singer Tom DeLonge gave the final word.

So that’s the end of that. Once again, everyone is wrong.