mic vs mike : Common Errors in English

About mic vs mike

Until very recently the casual term for a microphone was “mike,” not “mic.” Young people now mostly imitate the technicians who prefer the shorter “mic” label on their soundboards, but it looks distinctly odd to those used to the traditional term. There are no other words in English in which “-ic” is pronounced to rhyme with “bike”—that’s the reason for the traditional “mike” spelling in the first place. Although the new spelling has largely triumphed in casual usage, editors may ask you to use the older spelling in publication.

mike Meaning(s)

  • (n) device for converting sound waves into electrical energy

mic in News

  1. Open mic event in Bridgeville brews interest

    By Megan Guza, Signal Item, Bridgeville Area News So much for the public library being a quiet place of contemplation, at least in Bridgeville. The Open Mic Night and Craft Brew Swap program ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

  2. Mic turned off when Texas valedictorian deviates from approved speech

    BURLESON, Texas, June 9 (UPI) -- Texas school officials said "content" was not the issue when they cut the microphone on a valedictorian who deviated from a pre-approved speech to praise Jesus.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: UPI

  3. Mic Fights: Tupac vs. Notorious B.I.G. (Most Legendary?) (Poll)

    We're back again for another Mic Fights. The Week #3 winner was 50 Cent ( "Most Gritty Emcee" ), who took 57.67% of the vote (total 7,239) over DMX by a margin of 14%. Additionally, ThisIs50.com ran their own poll alongside ours, compiling 5,271 votes with Fif taking it by just 23 votes.
    on June 8, 2013 Source: Baller Status

mike in News

  1. Mike & Judy Catlin named Baxter County Farm Family 2013

    Mike and Judy Catlin, owners of Mountain Home Berry Farm, have been coaxing reluctant berry and vegetable crops from the dirt of the Ozarks since 2003.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Baxter Bulletin

  2. Mike Mussina Takes Over As High School Basketball Coach

    Mike Mussina has an impressive resume from his career as an MLB pitcher, but the 44-year-old is now moving on to a different sport since his retirement in 2008. The former Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees starter has been unanimously voted in by the Montoursville school board as the next head boys basketball coach [...] Mike Mussina Takes Over As High School Basketball Coach is a post from ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Inquisitr

  3. Mike Mussina is returning to his alma mater as a varsity coach, but not for the baseball team

    Before he was an MLB star, Mike Mussina was a three-sport high school standout at Montoursville (Penn.) High. Across four years, Mussina starred on the varsity baseball team, but also was a standout on the Montoursville football and basketball squads as well. Now, after five years in retirement, Mussina is returning to his roots to give back, albeit in a way that most wouldn’t anticipate ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Prep Rally via Yahoo! Sports

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