Blink-182 fans are at each other’s throats over how to pronounce the band’s name after a significant transatlantic divide was identified on Twitter.
Ian Karmel, a writer at the Late Late Show, took to Twitter to point out the difference between British and American dialects when referring to the iconic pop-punk band.
The British call Blink-182 “Blink One Eight Two” and I’m not saying that’s WHY they lost the Revolutionary War, but…
— Karmitzvah (@IanKarmel) November 19, 2018
When asked by a bemused British fan how else the name could be pronounced, Karmel responded “one-eighty two!”
The controversy even saw Late Late Show host James Corden weigh in – turning on his own nationality, but ultimately arguing that both pronunciations are wrong: “I admit we are wrong on this.”
Don’t start this. I admit we are wrong on this. America calls them Blink One eighty two. Which is also wrong. They technically should be called Blink one hundred and eighty two. Don’t take some moral high ground here. https://t.co/zm2Gpb6xtT
— James Corden (@JKCorden) November 19, 2018
Eventually, the tense tweets gripping the pop-punk fanbase lead to Blink-182’s frontman stepping in.
Mark Hoppus thanked James Cordon for his contribution: “Thank you, James. Some say one eighty-two. Some say one eight two.”
Thank you James. Some say one eighty two. Some say one eight two. But in all of this, I feel like we’ve lost sight of the fact that the B in blink-182 should be lower-case. https://t.co/d3Gi2Ezmhu
— stuffing and marked potatoes ?️? (@markhoppus) November 19, 2018
The singer went on: “But in all of this, I feel like we’ve lost sight of the fact that the ‘B’ in blink-182 should be lower-case.”
The final verdict came from ex-bandmate, Tom DeLonge: “It’s actually Blink eighteen-two, people have all gotten this wrong for years.”
DeLonge, who left the band in 2015, went on to explain: “Sometimes this can happen with very complex, thoughtful and elevated art.”