How Does Arkansas Pronounce Fall Favorites Compared to the US?
How do you pronounce these fall favorites?
Fall is here! With it comes all of the things that are wonderful in life... well, at least for me. As the temperature begins to drop, I find myself reaching for those things that bring me comfort and warmth, be it food or clothing.
Those things differ across the country, but only when it comes to descriptive terms.
According to Business Insider, different states and/or regions use different words/pronounce the same word differently to describe our fall favorites. People say English is the most difficult language to learn, this could easily be why.
Care to take a look with me?
Dip apples in it. Drizzle it on ice cream. Caramel is a staple in the fall season. The difference however, is in how we pronounce it. In Arkansas we are pretty must divided down the middle. Many of us use three syllables, as in "CARE-uh-mell." This seems to be a trend in the southeast and in parts of the northeast. However, there are just as many of us that are in line with the midwest and even into the north and west coast, using just two syllables, "CAR-mull."
Who doesn't love pajamas in the fall. Stretchy pants, big fluffy socks, and an over-sized sweatshirt. This is my uniform this time of year. Again, we see a difference in the way we pronounce the word pajamas. In Arkansas, we use the same A sound as in "father." Almost like we're saying "puh-JAW-muhs." This is mirrored in the southeast and up the east coast. The rest of the country seems to be on board with the "puh-JAM-uhs" pronunciation.
Serve it up with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or a massive dollop of whipped cream, pecan pie is a favorite pretty much all year round, especially in the south. This one has the nation pretty divided. In Arkansas, the majority of us pronounce pecan as "pee-KAHN" which is right in line with the majority of the country. There is a pretty good number of people who also pronounce it as "pick-AHN." Across the nation, a few people pronounce it as "PEE-can" or "PEE-kahn."
Maple syrup is enjoyed all year, but maple flavor is a must in the fall season. My first job was at an old fashioned candy store in my hometown and we sold these old fashioned maple candies that were to DIE FOR. We were always sold out during the fall months. Arkansas is right on trend with the nation when it comes to pronouncing syrup as "SIR-up." It's a small portion of the northeast however, that says "SEAR-up."