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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 11-29-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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I have. I heard people in Chicago and here in DC say it and I HATE it. It's care-uh-mel, people.
Spade...will you stop with this stuff? LOL Lord a' mercy, y'all got me to wondering how I actually DO pronounce it.

I thought originally, it was "car-mul". But more I listen to myself and have my yankee g/f listen to me saying it, it comes out like CAR uh Mul...with only the SLIGHTEST and almost SILENT "uh".

SOO, if to choose, I'd say my own is two-syallabled...
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Old 11-29-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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Pee-can. My southern friends are always correcting me.
As well they should!
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:21 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I have. I heard people in Chicago and here in DC say it and I HATE it. It's care-uh-mel, people.

no, Im still gonna say carmul, sounds right to me

I guess its kinda like dinner and supper in a way, Ive always said supper growing up, recently I said dinner and my little sister corrected me and said "say supper" and that dinner sounds like Im trying to be fancy.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I say car-mul, as does everyone I know in Michigan. Maybe it's just a Midwestern thing.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:47 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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no, Im still gonna say carmul, sounds right to me

I guess its kinda like dinner and supper in a way, Ive always said supper growing up, recently I said dinner and my little sister corrected me and said "say supper" and that dinner sounds like Im trying to be fancy.
...and see I would consider "supper" as fancy.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:48 PM
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Location: Oakland
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I say either pee-kahn or pee-can with the "pee" part having a pretty short pronunciation, and the emphasis resting on the second syllable...and as for caramel, i say car-mul, or care-uh-mel...either one works for me.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:14 PM
 
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...and see I would consider "supper" as fancy.
I agree with you on this one. People (that I've been around) who say supper are usually old or trying to sound like a sophisticate.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I say puh-Kahn, and so does everyone I know. I hear Paula Deen saying Pee-can and it just doesn't sound right to me.

I spend so much time in my yard picking them up I sometimes call them other names too, especially when my back hurts.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:37 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I agree with you on this one. People (that I've been around) who say supper are usually old or trying to sound like a sophisticate.
maybe we should take a poll on this one, alot of old people do say supper cause its old fashioned, my parents are both from small farm towns (small as in less than 1000 people) and they say it too and they are old fashioned and stuck in their ways, I do say dinner often but it does sound like some socialite is hosting a dinner party to entertain her guests and show off her stuff. I just cant picture at all someone trying to be fancy by saying supper, but I guess we all learn new things daily on here.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:02 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I have. I heard people in Chicago and here in DC say it and I HATE it. It's care-uh-mel, people.
It's whatever is most useful for the exchange of information. Language really should be more about communication than displays of superiority. (Leave the displays of superiority to vocabulary)
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