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Old 09-22-2016, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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CAR-uh-mul.

It's Puh-CAHN for well-bred Southerners. PEE-can is standard pronunciation for the trailer park crowd.
I never have understood why Paula Deen says PEE-can.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:18 PM
 
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I never have understood why Paula Deen says PEE-can.
I don't think anyone knows how that word is meant to be pronounced. If Southerners say puh-kahn and car-mul just like I do, I am now starting to think I sound like a redneck lol
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Texan for 23 years, southerner by birth (also raised in the south). I say CARE uh mel, and peh CAHN.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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List your pronunciation and city, too.

I say it "car-mel" and not "cah-ra-mel" like some do in other parts. I am in Chicago, IL and it's pretty standard here.

What do you guys say?
same
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:50 PM
 
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I usually say "car-a-mel", but I've used both versions of "pecan"....
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:29 AM
 
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It's Puh-CAHN for well-bred Southerners. PEE-can is standard pronunciation for the trailer park crowd.

Then I'm well bred, even though I am not living on either Boardwalk or Park Place.
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Old 09-23-2016, 02:00 AM
 
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I avoid that whole hornets nest and call it roasted sugar.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:45 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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List your pronunciation and city, too.

I say it "car-mel" and not "cah-ra-mel" like some do in other parts. I am in Chicago, IL and it's pretty standard here.

What do you guys say?
In Oklahoma and the Greater South-Central region it's "car-ml" (No "el" sound but closer to an "ul" or even "il" if it's said quickly. The last vowel sound is not drawn out at all).

I had never heard "care-uh-mel" until someone pronounced it that way on TV and also when I lived on the East Coast.

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Old 09-23-2016, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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For myself, I've found I actually have two different pronunciations depending on what the caramel is in.

For example, caramel cake is CAR-mul cake or CAR-mul candy, while just a single caramel is a CARE-mul.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:53 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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CAR-uh-mul.

It's Puh-CAHN for well-bred Southerners. PEE-can is standard pronunciation for the trailer park crowd.


Totally agree. As a born & bred Okie, it's ALWAYS been "puh-cahn" here.

I thought the Deep South usage of "pee-can" (most notably Georgia) was just weird. Along with Paula Dean (she's so fakey anyway) I think that's how fellow Georgian Zach Brown pronounces it in his "Chicken-Fry" song.

Just really strange to this Okie's ears!
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