Sikh pronounced ‘sik’ but some use ‘seek’ for ease
Tweak helps religion avoid being equated with sickness
MILWAUKEE —Is Sikh pronounced “sik” or “seek”?
The New York-based Sikh Coalition said the correct pronunciation is `sik’ with a slightly aspirated “h” at the end.
Group spokesman Amardeep Singh said “seek”is an Americanized pronunciation. He says it’s incorrect, although many members of the predominantly Indian religion do use it for simplification.
He said “seek” doesn’t sound like the word “sick,” so the tweak lets them avoid having to explain that their religion isn’t equated with sickness.
The Associated Press style is to pronounce it SEEK for English-language broadcast purposes. AP follows its standard dictionary of pronunciation — the Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th edition.
There are an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 Sikhs in American and 27 million worldwide, the majority in India.