In English – there is no such thing as “British English” – the former pronunciation is the only correct one. This may not be consistent with the pronunciation of other related words, but English rarely is consistent, being a hybrid language mixing romance words and rules into a Germanic base tongue. Language, let us remember, is not intelligently designed, but has arisen through evolutionary processes. The rules that have evolved frequently contravene intuition, as demonstrate with the recently published research on hand gestures and word order ( http:///content/105/27/?sid=d5e80484-4a53-4516-83e0-2c09da295b8f ). However, Americans and Canadians can do whatever the hell they like to our language, as they have demonstrated on countless other occasions.