How do you say it?
Posted November 24, 2008
Can you identify a native North Carolinian by the way he or she says certain words?
A WRAL story about pecans grabbed my attention over the weekend. Pecan farmer Billy Bunn declared the so-called official pronunciation of the nutritious nut in North Carolina. His pronunciation is different than the one I prefer so I thought I would put it up for a vote.
I started thinking about other words and names that generate varying forms of pronunciation.
Please weigh in on the following.
(1) How do you say “pecan?” (a) pah-KAHN or (b) PEE-KAN
(2) How do you say the second word of “Wake Forest?” (a) FAHR-ist or (b) FORE-ist
(3) How do you say “Carolina?” (a) KAIR-oh-LY-na or (b) KEER-oh-LY-na
(4) How do you say “elementary?” (a) EL-ah-MEN-tree or (b) EL-ah-MEN-tah-ree
(5) How do you say “orange?” (a) ORE-enj or (b) AHR-eng
(6) How do you say “pajamas?” (a) pah-JAM-uhs or pah-JAH-mus
(7) How do you say “syrup?” (a) SEER-up or (b) SUR-up
Here are my answers:
(1) a (2) a (3) a (4) a (5) b (6) b (7) b