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Old 02-21-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Howdy y'all. Seems it's been a while since we've had one of our informative cen-Tex pronunciation threads. DW's from Mississippi and I'm from Georgia/South Carolina, so we need help from time to time.

Our concern today is with the unofficial State Flower---
Is it pronounced "Dan-duh-lion" or "Dan-DEE-lion" ?

Yard maintenance--It's a journey, not a destination
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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What's with all the people around here who can't properly pronounce pin and pen and sit and set?
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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I can't add much to a cen-Tex pronounciation thread, since I was mostly raised in Wisconsin, and my formative years were spent learning midwesternees and only capped off by my senior high school year and all of college in Texas. I would pronounce the common weed as
"dan-dih-line," but that is just me.

I am going to throw in, at the risk of being accused of hijacking the thread, my most recent pet peeve of punctuation, which is using an apostrophe to make a plural. It is only used for a contraction or a possessive. So you don't have lots of weed's in your yard, and you don't have dandelion's, unless something belongs to them, like "I cut off the weed's flower, but left the roots," (which would be a poor practice in gardening.) Otherwise, you have lots of weeds and dandelions.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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The pin and pen thing made me smile. My mother was born and raised in Texas, but we were living in Chicago while I was growing up. At one point, I was trying to make a distinction in pronouncing "pen" and "pin." She said with disdain, "Only Yankees say 'PEN' . . . and 'nyether' and 'eyether.'" [as opposed to neither / either pronounced with an "ee" sound at the beginning]
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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I say dandylion
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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What's with all the people around here who can't properly pronounce pin and pen and sit and set?
Those are the classic markers of a Texas accent!! Ask any linguist.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Pflugerville
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Dan-duh-lion here. But that's if I am trying to pronounce it correctly by not getting lazy on the last syllable. Otherwise it's dan-duh-line.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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When our company moved to a new office building we voted on a theme for the new conference rooms. The winner was "Texas towns that out-of-state folk will mispronounce". Buda, Pedernales, Burnet, Manchaca, Guadalupe, etc. Makes it fun when California branch employees visit.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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When our company moved to a new office building we voted on a theme for the new conference rooms. The winner was "Texas towns that out-of-state folk will mispronounce". Buda, Pedernales, Burnet, Manchaca, Guadalupe, etc. Makes it fun when California branch employees visit.
Love it! What about Gruene? Or does that not count because it's in Bexar county?
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Central Austin
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It really just depends on my rate of speech. The faster I'm speaking, so more it slips into the schwa sound. Also, I blend pin and pen, but I distinguish between sit and set.
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