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You’ve Been Pronouncing “Marriott” The Wrong Way

You’ve Been Pronouncing “Marriott” The Wrong Way

Have we been mispronouncing ‘Marriott’ this entire time?

John Willard Marriott, founder of the multinational hotel conglomerate, started his business ventures by opening a root beer stand and later moved into the lodging business.

With 7,000 properties around the world, it is quite possible that the correct pronunciation of this global enterprise may have changed over time. Some of us have pronounced it as MarriOTT (guilty!) but turns out that’s incorrect.

A member of the Marriott team informed Travel + Leisure writer Patricia Doherty that when pronouncing Marriott, it should rhyme with “chariot.”

Well, now we know.


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View Comments (34)


  1. sdsearch

    April 22, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve got a much more important question: What is the correct pronunciation of Bonvoy? I knew what correct pronunciation was of Rewards, and of Preferred Guest, but Bonvoy? (Keep in mind that ti’s a term created as a shortening of “bon voyage”, which makes it less obvious as t how it should be pronounced if you don’t know the history of the term, especially if you always use the French pronunciation of “bon voyage”).

  2. MikeFromTokyo

    April 22, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve always pronounced Marriott in this way, such that it rhymes with chariot. It is definitely not MarriOTT.

  3. SarcasticMisanthrope

    April 23, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Who gives two shits about how it is pronounced. Seriously.

  4. chavala

    April 23, 2019 at 8:06 am

    I was never confused over this and never heard anyone say “MarriOTT” ! Are the the same people who say “VANcouver” ?

  5. imseanbrown

    April 23, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Man… I had been pronouncing it wrong the whole time…. “HORRIBLE” definitely doesn’t rhyme with chariot.

  6. DCBob


    April 23, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Never in my life have I ever heard even one person pronounce it MarriOTT. How can you slaughter that word when you hear “Welcome to MARRY-ott” every time you check in? Next thing you know, someone will be calling their rewards program bon-VOY!.

  7. secondsoprano

    April 24, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Who the hell pronounces it any other way than rhyming with chariot? Seriously, this has to be the most pointless Flyertalk article in the (very long) history of pointless Flyertalk articles.

  8. steveuk

    April 24, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Shouldn’t the title be “Americans have been pronouncing Marriott the wrong way”? :-P

  9. fluffymitten


    April 24, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Definitely had no idea that there was any other way to pronounce it than rhyming with chariot. I suspect anyone who says marriOTT was told it as a prank by someone and never realised

  10. jrpallante

    April 24, 2019 at 4:28 am

    If this matters to Marriott, then maybe they should try using the correct pronunciation in their own commercials. I just watched three commercials on Youtube, and the name never rhymed with chariot…unless you pronounce it chariOTT.

  11. GentleGiant

    April 24, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Of course it rhymes with chariot. How else would anyone pronounce it!

  12. EDIflyer

    April 24, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Ermm that’s how I’ve always pronounced – I think ti’s an American thing re mispronouncing it…

  13. zitsky

    April 24, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Slow news day.

  14. Gordon Palmer

    April 24, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Ooooh. This clears up something – Was at a party years ago, and somebody was pronouncing it as MarriOTT – He was in marriott management, so I figured, gosh maybe that’s the way to pronounce it. Now it turns out he was Both a stuck-up bore And mispronouncing his employer.

  15. Rujbkk

    April 24, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Americans are notorious for putting the emphasis on the wrong syllable in many words. INsurance is but one horrible example.

  16. ksandness

    April 24, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Who would pronounce it with the emphasis on the last syllable except maybe French speakers?

  17. MaldivesFreak


    April 24, 2019 at 7:07 am

    No doubt there are some that pronounce chariot like chariOTT, so you can’t win…..

  18. Kataskopos

    April 24, 2019 at 8:08 am

    of course it rhymes with chariot… and with data leakage

  19. NonStopTraveler

    April 24, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Is this a real problem worthy of management’s attention? Members of the Marriott team should worry less about the pronunciation of the name and more about data breaches, the botched merger of the loyalty programs, inaccurate accounting in customer accounts and all around poor delivery of customer service. Talk about focusing on the wrong thing!

  20. jlflyer

    April 24, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    So many people in the replies didn’t understand the article.

    It’s not about the stressed syllable; it’s about the pronunciation. It doesn’t matter if you emphasize the OTT or the MARRY sound, it’s about whether you pronounce the third syllable “au-ght” or “uh-ght” which is a common mistake.

    You’re either mistaken or lying if you claim you’ve never heard anyone say “au-ght” (which is the wrong way).

  21. jib71


    April 24, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Hilton should be pronounced like former England goalkeeper, Peter Shilton. Not like the Jamaican rocksteady group, The Heptones.

  22. BOBAD

    April 24, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Memo to jiflyer: You really need to get out more often.

  23. Irpworks

    April 24, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    I’m in media and I have always heard it said marriOTT. In my part of the country that’s how it is most often pronounced. That’s how it was pronounced when I stayed at one of their first hotels in DC in 1983, the old motor hotel. Frankly, I have heard it both ways but mostly as the OTT most prominent.

  24. camsean


    April 25, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Oh god. Why is this stupid article all over the internet? The only people pronouncing it OTT are Americans.

  25. 206driver

    April 25, 2019 at 5:11 am

    I don’t need to pronounce it at all anymore since Bonvoy, I now just say Hilton.

  26. Bowgie

    April 25, 2019 at 9:59 am

    I’ll care about correctly pronouncing Mare Riot when they care about earning my patronage.

  27. RocketG

    April 25, 2019 at 11:13 am

    This begs the question am I saying Chariot incorrectly – as I’ve always said them similarily. Might be because I’m Canadian eh?

  28. Gizzabreak

    April 25, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Of course Marriott should rhyme with chariot, that’s why the spelling is different.

  29. Sydneyberlin

    April 25, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Like others have said, it’s ironically only Americans who tend to mid-pronounce that name. It has always rhymed with “chariot” everywhere else.

    The Bonvoy term still puzzles me too. I have a good idea how Americans will pronounce it and it’s not good. Why chose a weird bastardised French term to begin with? Why the heck French? If that was Accor’s latest I’d get it. But Marriott?

  30. RedLight2015

    April 25, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I love FlyerTalk, I am laughing at all the “I know pronounce it Hilton” comments,

  31. snic

    April 26, 2019 at 8:44 am

    It also rhymes with “idiot.”

  32. everGLAdes

    April 26, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I have never heard anyone say it wrong.

  33. Churnman

    April 28, 2019 at 6:59 am

    People from all over the world have their own dialects, accents and pick up their vocabulary and pronunciation of their language from an early age and what one person thinks is wrong is just fine for another depending on these things and even their own vocalization, mouth structure and sound resonance. It’s best to not mince words, so-to-speak. If a company calls themselves after the way the founding family pronounces their own name, that’s just branding. Others with the same last name who may be in other parts of the world may pronounce their own name a little different. I’m sure the company is just glad when they get publicity one way or the other. There are multiple ways my name is pronounced and some languages can’t pronounce it the way I do and that’s just fine with me. Like other’s said, slow news right now and deadlines/productivity/clicks to meet which is also understandable. Just because I pronounce it mar-ee-it like chair-ee-it I’m not going to be rude in a personal conversation with someone and correct them to my way. This little article is just an interesting factoid and it got us thinking. Nothing wrong with that. It served it’s business purpose based on all the comments generated. Hitting a person’s ‘buttons’ is the media way now-a-days.

  34. rstruthe

    April 29, 2019 at 11:47 am

    While this is a pathetic article, at least for once it doesn’t have horrendous mistakes, spelling and grammar errors, and misinformation!

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