Pronouncing lichen. I am a white British migrant living in Australia. Here, I hear people pronounce lichen as in ‘liken’ whereas I pronounce lichen as in ‘kitchen’. I looked this up online and it turns out both are used but that the ‘kitchen’ pronunciation isĀ  ‘an uneducated British pronunciation’.


Man who’s just been introduced to me in a pub: ‘You don’t SOUND Australian’.

His partner: ‘Well perhaps he’s got a posh Australian accent?’

Man: ‘Oxymoron, dear. Don’t be silly!’