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Pecan

Postby Philip Hudson » Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:53 pm

The pecan is the state tree of Texas. English pronunciations of pecan range from the ridiculous to the sublime. The dictionaries give several options but they do not exhaust the subject. Texans say puh-KHAN, a long, drawn out word. It doesn’t appear to be a “standard” pronunciation although I consider it sublime. The funniest pronunciation is one of the most common. It is PEE-can. That is what Texans call chamber pots. It is not a Yankee-Rebel dichotomy. Paula Dean doesn’t say it like Texans say it, although the way she says it is “real sweet” and I assume Southern. How do you say pecan?
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Postby Slava » Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:18 pm

Pe-cahn.
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Postby Perry Lassiter » Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:24 pm

1st syll p + schwa. Second to rhyme witn Don.
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Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:10 am

I wish we had a standard graphic pronunciation set made entirely of the 26 letters of the alphabet or a combination thereof. I think Perry pronounces pecan exactly the way I pronounce it. The graphic representation is just different.
Thank you, Slava, for your contribution. I assume your e is a short e.
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