- Niche: Nitch or Neesh?
- Real Estate Market
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Niche: Nitch or Neesh?
“Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it” — Christopher Morley
In the web publisher and web entrepreneur industry the word niche gets thrown around quite often. However, due to the nature of the internet, the pronunciation of the word doesn’t come into play. It is therefore usually only spoken when talking face-to-face with somebody or over the phone.
I’ve heard it pronounced many ways including: NITCH, NEESH, NEESH-AY, and NETCH. This has always bothered me; I like to have an answer for everything, or at least investigate things to a certain degree that will satisfy my curosity. So I did a bit of research onto how to correctly pronounce the word. After all, I don’t want to one day be at a conference giving a speech, only to incorrectly pronounce niche 150 times…
Dictionaries seem to accept only two correct pronunciations: NITCH and NEESH. Niche apparantly comes from Old French, from the word nichier which means to nest. Although it’s not exactly clear, as some scholars believe it to possibly have some Latin origins (nidus, meaning nest) and possibly even Italian.
From the half-dozen dictionaries I checked, I found only NITCH and NEESH as proper pronunciations and nothing else (I verified this with IPA pronunciations; fortunately I learned IPA when I was taking my TEFL course at the college). From further research on the web, such as Wikipedia, blogs and websites, and forums discussing the correct prononciation, I found that most people indeed say it either NITCH and NEESH. However, it appears that Americans are more likely to say NITCH. However, Canadians and Brits tend to say NEESH more. Which makes sense, I guess, since it’s pronouncing it from the French word.
Personally I say NEESH, mainly because I’ve always pronounced it that way. I’m also Canadian and feel that since we are a bilingual Country I’d be patriotic 🙂 Also, I find NITCH to sound raw and crude…
So, there you have it. There are only two correct pronunciations: NITCH and NEESH. You can choose whichever one you prefer, but remember that others may say it a certain way depending on where you live.
Real Estate Market
If you’re an avid reader of my blog you may be wondering what is going on with my Condominium hunting. I’m still looking, but there’s not a lot of new listings hitting the market right now. I’d say a few per week pop up each week that I can afford, but most are either too cheap or else too crappy for me to show any interest in. And that one place I really liked that I was holding out on, hoping for a drop in price due to the season, has been sold I believe.
So, I’m still keeping my eyes open… although I don’t mind waiting too much as it gives me a chance to recoup from the Poker “Ban” hurtage as well as wait for winter to arrive. Winter consistently shows that condos drop in price, and statistics prove that winter sells the least amount of condominiums here, which is good for me.
Take a look at this PDF, which shows the Condo market statistics in my city.
Can you believe that? That’s a 50% increase over just two years! This is why I want to buy now, and not later! With the Olympics coming here in just a couple years and the world starting to notice our beautiful island, the market here shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Everyone here agrees. I live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. I understand that the real estate market has plateaued in the US, so I thought I’d remind you that I’m not American.
The second graph shows how November and December show dramatic drops in the number of condo units sold, so don’t be surprised if I purchase something in the next month or two. Consider it a Christmas present to myself 🙂
So, yeah, I’m really just waiting for more listings to hit the market and grab my attention, as well as prices to do their ‘winter drop’.
I installed the Digg This plug-in, the same one which John Chow uses. Now, I’m nowhere near as much of a Digg-whore as John (although I’d probably like to be), but I do Digg certain posts from time to time. I have to try it, since John has seriously had crazy success with Digg and his blog.
So now whenever there is a Digg to my blog, it will automatically insert a button at the bottom where others can Digg it. I’d really appreciate it if you Digg the stories which have a button to help me out. Thanks.
Good luck and good earnings!