When did this happen?
Now folks are saying “EE-pok”.
When did this happen? HOW did this happen?
…I’m reminded of “Darius”, which (as Asimov points out) was pronounced “du-RY-us”, or (if you said it fast) “DRY-us”. But some folks read the name twenty or thirty years ago and never heard it pronounced, and it looked like “DAR-ee-us” to them, and now we’ve got rock stars named that way who pronounce it that way.
Hey, I can understand being mistaken – there are many words that I read as a kid and never heard pronounced; nobody in Alabama ever used the word “debacle” in my hearing, so I thought that it was “DEH-ba-kul”. There are many examples that do not come to mind right now, but one that does is “Heinlein”, which I pronounced as “Hine-line”, but turns out that it’s “Hine-lin”.
But the point is this – when I found out different, I changed my pronunciation.
Oh, well, reckon I’m just an example of self-will run riot. Folks are not going to change back.
But I’ll be *&^%$#@ed if I’m gonna say “EE-pok”. Sounds like a character in Star Wars.