Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: We’ve been pronouncing “Blink-182” all wrong

We apparently need to talk about how to pronounce “Blink-182” because we’ve been doing it wrong all these years.

According to Tom DeLonge in a Twitter exchange with TV host James Corden earlier this year, it’s not “blink-one-eighty-two” (the standard North American presentation) or “blink-one-eight-two” (the way the British do it). Tom says it really should be “blink-eighteen-two.” Here’s the alleged explanation.

Tom went to Poway High School in California. Their rival was Rancho Bernardo High. “Blink-182” was Poway High code for “F- Rancho Bernardo” because “R” is the 18th letter of the alphabet and “B” is the second. Ergo “18-2.”

Believe Tom if you want, but I don’t think he’s going to have much success in convincing the world to change things now.

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