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Oct 31, 2011 10:21 AM

How do you pronounce "praline"?

Are there regional variations in how people pronounce this word?

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  1. I'm from New England and pronounce it pray-lean. I've heard people from the South pronounce it more like prah-lean.

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    1. re: escondido123

      Not from NE, but pronounce it the same as you. Actually never heard it pronounced any different!!

    2. I pronounce it the way God himself pronounces it...


      (Didn't know God was Southern, didja?)

      1. If it is to be pray-leen then it will have pee-cans in it. If it is a praw-leen, as in New Orleans usage, it will have puh'kawns in it.

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        1. re: hazelhurst

          No, no, a thousand times no! It's pray-leens with puh'kawns! But I guess that's Texas for you....

          1. re: hazelhurst

            That's how I know it! I'm originally from Lower Alabama, myself. However, I was recently told I was pronouncing it wrong by a native Northern Californian. Go figure. I just smiled sweetly and suggested she ask my mama.

          2. My southern-born parents pronounce it "prah-leen," which is closer to the French (it is a French word, after all.) People here in New England, where I live, pronounce it "pray-leen." When I make them, I pronounce them delicious.

            1. Currently a Virginian, formerly a Georgian and it's a pray-lean with pee-cans in it. :)

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              1. re: alliedawn_98

                I see a difference already. We put Pee-cahans' in ours... [Grin]


                1. re: alliedawn_98

                  I remember Emeril Lagasse saying that 'pee-cans' were the things that long-haul truck drivers had in their rigs for when they didn't want to take the time for rest stops.

                  I'm from New Yawk and we always said 'pray-leans' and 'pee-cans'. Her in California it's usually 'pray-leans' and 'puh'cahns'.