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View Poll Results: Which best describes how you pronounce "Pecan"?
puh-Kahn 36 34.29%
Puh-kahn 10 9.52%
Pee-can 15 14.29%
pee-Can 8 7.62%
Pee-kahn 33 31.43%
Other (describe as you can) 3 2.86%
I don't know what they are! 0 0%
Voters: 105. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-28-2009, 09:58 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Yes, but is it Ah-mish or Ay-mish (or as my mom says AM-ish)???

LOL

My mother always told me not to pronounce it Pee-CAN because the Pee-CAN was under the bed. LOL

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Actually, this Texan pronounces it both ways and I've heard many other southerners pronounce it numerous ways, as well.

I don't know, it seems like when I'm talking about the pie, I say "PEE-can", but when I'm talking about the tree or the nut itself, "puh-KAHN" sounds more right.
That's interesting, MrMcCoy.

I've spent quite a bit of time in North, Central, East, and West Texas and I've never heard "pee-can." If I here "pee-can" here in the South-Central (OK, TX, AR) I would immediately think it is a transplant.

What part of Texas do you live in?
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Texas
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That's interesting, MrMcCoy.

I've spent quite a bit of time in North, Central, East, and West Texas and I've never heard "pee-can." If I here "pee-can" here in the South-Central (OK, TX, AR) I would immediately think it is a transplant.

What part of Texas do you live in?
I live in Temple now, and a majority of my time in Texas has been spent in Central TX, but I've lived all over this state except for the Panhandle and North TX. However, I'm based out of Georgia.
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:44 PM
 
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From Atlanta, GA and I say pee-can. No offense, but, how the heck can a person get puh-kahn out of pecan? I can understand if you were British but puh-cahn and pee-cahn just doesn't sound right (kind of like a person saying car-mul for caramel) to me.
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Old 11-28-2009, 11:53 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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I live in Temple now, and a majority of my time in Texas has been spent in Central TX, but I've lived all over this state except for the Panhandle and North TX. However, I'm based out of Georgia.
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However, I'm based out of Georgia.
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I think this is the key here.
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Old 11-28-2009, 11:55 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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From Atlanta, GA and I say pee-can. No offense, but, how the heck can a person get puh-kahn out of pecan? I can understand if you were British but puh-cahn and pee-cahn just doesn't sound right (kind of like a person saying car-mul for caramel) to me.
That's funny because I think folks that say "cara-mel" instead of "car-mul" sound kinda weird. I don't claim to talk right....I'm an Okie to the core! LOL!

This is an ongoing discussion I have with my African American friends....they all say "cara-mel," while me and my folk (Anglo/Native American mix) say "car-mul."
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:05 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I usually say car-mul, maybe sometimes "Carmel" like the California town. I'm not sure I say it "car-a-mel" very often.

One that's odd, I guess, is that I say "both" like "bolth." In fact I thought everyone did and I said once "isn't odd that both has an l-sound in it even though it has no l." My parents were confused when I said that. My first thought was "you just don't realize you're pronouncing an l-sound", but when they said "both" and I listened there was no l-sound. They told me "yeah we never knew why you did that as you were raised by us, but we didn't want to say anything." Also I tend to say "in least I" instead of "at least I." That's another thing I thought was commonplace, but now I know it's pretty much just me. (As in I did a Google search for "In least I" and stuff I wrote online was one of the few things to have it)

Note: Looking that up Both pronounced as "Bolth" is apparently called "intrusive-L" and it sounds like it occurs in parts of Delaware and Texas. However I've never been to either place and I have no ancestors in either place so far as I know. Curious.

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Old 11-29-2009, 12:13 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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From Atlanta, GA and I say pee-can. No offense, but, how the heck can a person get puh-kahn out of pecan? I can understand if you were British but puh-cahn and pee-cahn just doesn't sound right (kind of like a person saying car-mul for caramel) to me.

Ive never heard anyone say cara-mel, I thought only people in the commercials talked that way or upper class people.
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:15 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Ive never heard anyone say cara-mel, I thought only people in the commercials talked that way or upper class people.
I've never heard anyone say "car-mul"
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:24 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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I usually say car-mul, maybe sometimes "Carmel" like the California town. I'm not sure I say it "car-a-mel" very often.

One that's odd, I guess, is that I say "both" like "bolth." In fact I thought everyone did and I said once "isn't odd that both has an l-sound in it even though it has no l." My parents were confused when I said that. My first thought was "you just don't realize you're pronouncing an l-sound", but when they said "both" and I listened there was no l-sound. They told me "yeah we never knew why you did that as you were raised by us, but we didn't want to say anything." Also I tend to say "in least I" instead of "at least I." That's another thing I thought was commonplace, but now I know it's pretty much just me. (As in I did a Google search for "In least I" and stuff I wrote online was one of the few things to have it)

Note: Looking that up Both pronounced as "Bolth" is apparently called "intrusive-L" and it sounds like it occurs in parts of Delaware and Texas. However I've never been to either place and I have no ancestors in either place so far as I know. Curious.
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One that's odd, I guess, is that I say "both" like "bolth."
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I had a junior high math teacher that pronounced it "bolth." Man, did he catch flack from us irreverent Okie kids. If I remember correctly, he was from Philly.
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