‘Steen’ or ‘stine’?

I READ with interest last week’s article concerning the most mispronounced names, one of which was Weinstein.

It has always puzzled me why some people pronounce “stein” as either “steen” or “stine”.

I have known people called Goldstein, Finklestein, Bernstein, Greenstein, Epstein, and they have always pronounced their names as “steen”.

Conversely, Frankenstein and Einstein are always “stine”. Why?

Radio Merseyside has a broadcaster who sometimes refers to the Epstein Theatre as “Epstine” and at other times “Epsteen”.

This theatre was named after Brian Epstein (Epsteen) and not Jacob Epstein, famous for his sculpture which adorns the corner of what was Lewis’ store in Liverpool. Maybe somebody will enlighten me.

Jeffrey Haworth,
46 Merlewood Avenue,

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