Sketch about pronunciation survey - "neither/either" (Two Ronnies?)

The Two Ronnies. Image shows from L to R: Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker. Copyright: BBC.

The Two Ronnies

Hugely popular and long-running sketch show that established Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker as two of the biggest names in British comedy

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Max Gordon

  • Wednesday 13th February 2013, 9:03am [Edited]
  • Germany
  • 1 posts

Does anyone remember a sketch about a pronunciation survey about "either/neither"?

A friend is convinced he once saw something like this- it sounds like a classic Ronnie Barker linguistic gymnastics thing but all searches of the web have turned up a blank.

Is my friend imagining this or was there really such a sketch?

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Joe Lehane

  • Tuesday 4th September 2018, 2:51pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 posts

Most definitely.
I remember it.
It was a news item

Off-topic post by Rood Eye on Tue 4th Sep 2018, 16:34

I bet Max will be thrilled to bits to get that reply - 5 years 7 months after he asked the question. :)

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Tuesday 11th September 2018, 12:15pm
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 4,942 posts

I like the Two Ronnies sketches that involve wordplay.

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William McPie

  • Wednesday 1st July 2020, 7:03am [Edited]
  • Australia
  • 1 posts

I'm going from old, old memory here. It was a news item. Ronnie Barker. Of course, spoken, so you will have to guess my pronunciations. And percentages are guessed. It went something like...

A survey of 100 people was conducted about how to pronounce the word "e-i-t-h-e-r"
23% said "ee-ither"
22% said "eye-ither"
while
14% said "ee-ither" "ee-ither" or "eye-ither"
12% said "eye-ither" "eye-ither" or "ee-ither"
but
9% said "n-ee-ither" "ee-ither" nor "eye-ither"
8% said "n-eye-ither" "eye-ither" nor "ee-ther"

5% said "n-ee-ither" "ee-ither" "ee-ither" or "eye-ither" nor "eye-ither" "eye-ither" or "ee-ither"
4% said "n-eye-ither" "eye-ither" "eye-ither" or "ee-ither" nor "ee-ither" "ee-ither" or "eye-ither"

An ana-ee-sthetist said "ee-ther"
An ana-eye-sthetist said "eye-ther"
... and a farmer said "bullocks".