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Aug 27, 2012 12:38 PM

How do YOU say it?

The "You say 'To-may-to'.... I say 'To-mah-to'" thread got me thinking. We have a couple running arguments in our family! How do you say:

Tomato - "To-may-to" for me
Orange - "Are" as opposed to "Or" for the first syllable
Syrup - "Sir-up" as opposed to "Cee-rup"


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  1. One more....

    Coupon - "Kew-pon" for me

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      1. re: Veggo

        I'm with Ron! And things aren't "kewl," either--they're COOL.

    1. Depends on where you grew up, no shame either way.

        1. re: porker

          I do NOT say it that way, but think it sounds oh-so-cool. Like JAG-you-ARR! ;)

          1. re: porker

            I'm sorry - alu MINI-um is so wrong. Unfortunately President Eisenhower pronounced it that way so many people followed suit.

            1. re: helou

              Why "unfortunately"? It is the usual pronunciation in the UK.

              1. re: helou

                I unconcsiously say alu-mih-num, but when trying to be snarky, use the English pronounciation.

                1. re: helou

                  Excuse me? "aL-U-minium" is the BRITISH pronunciation. Eisenhower spent a lot of time in England, where he picked it up. Who knows why he kept it when he returned Stateside. To the best of my knowledge, he gave up calling car hoods and trunks "bonnetts" and "boots" when he came back. I think most everyone who heard him use the Brit pronunciations knew what was going on.

                  1. re: helou

                    "I'm sorry - alu MINI-um is so wrong."

                    helou: do you realize in GB the word is spelled "aluminium?" So that pronunciation is indeed correct.

                  2. To-may-to



                    1. Lots of examples in these earlier threads that you might like to revisit:

                      Car-mel vs. cara-mel/Pee-can vs. Puh-cahn

                      How do you pronounce "OYSTER"?

                      How do you pronounce "praline"?

                      How do you pronounce "sherbet"?

                      How do you pronounce SUNDAE ( ice cream sundae)?

                      Hummus prefered [sic] pronounciation [sic

                      Correct pronounciation [sic] of the word "endive"

                      Plus many, many others about "bruschetta", "gyro", "pho", "gouda", "gabagool", etc., etc.

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                      1. re: DeppityDawg

                        Car-mel and Car-a-mel are two different things in my world. Car-mel is the sauce and car-a-mel is the candy. Don't ask me to explain that, though.

                        Sherbet = sher-bert (I know...adding that "r" in there.)

                        Sundae = Sunday (never heard it any other way)

                        Endive = Ahn-deeve

                        1. re: jbsiegel

                          Oh dear, we can't help you. ;P LOLOL "Sher-bert" would be your reply to Bert if he asked you if you'd like some ice cream. Would you like some, jbsiegel? Sure, Bert!

                          Though I love the commercial where the lady insists, "No, it is absolutely AHN-deeve!" and tries to start the flashy car instead of her own..."And then everyone has one of their own baby chickens!"

                          ETA: And no, Carmel is the place by the sea--caramel covers both syrup and candy...and the candy bar...CARAMELLO!

                            1. re: jbsiegel

                              These are really similar to my rules! Except the sauce is car-mul, the candy is care-a-mel, and the city is car-mel

                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                "Sorbet? No kids of mine will eat sor-bay! They will eat sherbet, pronounce it sherbert, and wish it was ice cream!" - Homer Simpson