How Do You Pronounce Haim? Here’s the Official Answer.

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
Aug. 13 2013 1:44 PM

How Do You Pronounce Haim?

Este Haim, Danielle Haim, and Alana Haim, of Haim. How are you supposed to say Haim?

Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Haim’s debut album won’t be released until next month, but they’ve already topped BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, played Glastonbury, and signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation management group. The band is made of “three sisters and a mister,” i.e., the three Haim sisters (Danielle, Este, and Alana), who all play multiple instruments (and very well), plus a drummer (Dash Hutton). Their music has been compared to everything from Fleetwood Mac to Destiny’s Child, and has drawn such fans as Arctic Monkeys crooner Alex Turner and pop star Katy Perry.

With this burgeoning fame has come plenty of exposure, including articles that reveal numerous details about their influences, personalities, and ambitions. And yet one rather important question does not seem to have been answered definitively: How are we supposed to pronounce their name?


The question seems obvious, but thus far many publications appear confused. According to the London Evening Standard, the band’s name rhymes with “I am.” According to NME, it sounds like “high ’em” (whatever that means). Jewcy says it rhymes with time.

So we contacted the band’s publicist to get an official verdict, and we got one: HAIM rhymes with time. It’s not said like Corey Haim’s surname (that rhymes with name), and it’s not said like the Hebrew word haim (khah-yeem, which means “life”). It rhymes with time. (Jewcy, for those keeping score at home, was right.)

Now that you know how to say their name, check out their latest video, for “The Wire.” It’s nu-folk and R&B and classic rock all wrapped up in a thumping bass groove, with wailing guitars and breathy vocals to spare. Enjoy.

Sharan Shetty is a writer for Brow Beat. You can follow him on Twitter



The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 11:40 AM The U.S. Has Spent $7 Billion Fighting the War on Drugs in Afghanistan. It Hasn’t Worked. 
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 1:12 PM George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Right of Free Speech
  Slate Plus
Oct. 22 2014 6:00 AM Why It’s OK to Ask People What They Do David Plotz talks to two junior staffers about the lessons of Working.
Oct. 21 2014 12:05 PM Same-Sex Couples at Home With Themselves in 1980s America
Future Tense
Oct. 21 2014 4:14 PM Planet Money Uncovers One Surprising Reason the Internet Is Sexist
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.