Lidl Ireland Announces April Fools Name Change
The Irish arm of German discounter Lidl announced earlier today (1 April) on its Twitter page that from May, its name will no longer be pronounced as ‘lee-dell’, but instead will use the more common Irish pronunciation of ‘lid-ill’.
As the announcement was made on 1 April, it can be assumed that the news is the retailer’s April Fool’s joke for this year.
Even though the brand is well recognised in Ireland, with the retailer having been in the country since 2000 and now holding 8.1 per cent of the grocery market, Lidl is still rarely referred to by the Irish public by its correct name.
Because of the differences in the way that ‘i’ is pronounced in English (as a short 'aye' sound) versus in German (a long 'ee'), most Irish people already say ‘lid-ill’ instead.
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