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Water is no longer wet, down is now up, and we are officially shook. Apparently we’ve been saying blink-182 incorrectly for the past 25 years. In a word, dammit.
The debate, which we didn’t even know was open for discussion, began earlier this month when The Late Late Show’s James Corden weighed in on the popular English pronunciation of the So-Cal pop punk band name. Corden confirmed that the English refer to the band as Blink One Eight Two, also noting that they should really be Blink One Hundred And Eighty Two. Both options sound ludicrous to us.
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
Are we the only ones who never considered there was an option other than Blink One Eighty-Two? Additionally, do we want to live in a world where we have to say anything other than Blink One Eighty-Two?
Founding band member Mark Hoppus weighed in to the debate on Twitter, which should have put an end to the madness, but instead just acted as a reminder of how the band stylizes their name. Good note, but not helpful.
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
Former band member Tom DeLonge has also attempted to clarify the Great Debate of 2018 on Twitter, with Spin writer Tosten Burke attributing DeLonge’s pronunciation to a long-standing rivalry between the band’s hometown and a neighbouring city. But frankly, Blink Eighteen Two feels weird to say and DeLonge isn’t in the band anymore, so we’re not doing it. Sorry not sorry.
It’s actually— Blink eighteen-two. People have all gotten this wrong for years. Sometimes this can happen with very complex, thoughtful and elevated art. https://t.co/jmsfv401KF
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) November 19, 2018
To be on the safe side, the band’s Wikipedia page has covered all three options, listing the pronunciation of Blink-182 as “‘blink one eighty two’ or ‘blink one eight two’ or as per Tom DeLonge ‘blink eighteen two.'”
But if we really want to get to the bottom of this, and we do, we have to look at how the band has been saying their name since 1995, which is Blink One Eighty-Two. As for whether it means anything, this interview with Hoppus and Amy Schumer (for real) from 2011 clears up the confusion. Spoiler: it doesn’t mean anything. Rock on, Blink One Eighty-Two.