How do you pronounce these words?

Buzzfeed.com put up a list of 8 words and how people choose to pronounce them. Here’s the rundown:

1.  Caramel:  CAR-muhl . . . or CARE-uh-mel?  65% of people say CARE-uh-mel.

I’m going with “care-uh-mel” on this one.

2.  Bagel:  BAY-gull . . . or BAG-ull?  9% of us say BAG-ull.

There’s only one way to pronounce this word and it’s “bay-gull”. “Bag-Ull” is WRONG.

3.  Salmon:  SAM-uhn . . . or SAL-muhn?  19% pronounce the “L”.

I’m literally SHOCKED to find out that nearly 20% of people walk around saying “sal-muhn”. If I was a waiter and you ordered Salmon by saying “sal-muhn”, I’d kick you out of the restaurant.

4.  Pecan:  PEE-can . . . or puh-KAHN?  The winner is PEE-can with 68% of the vote.

This is a toss up. Most of the time I say “Pee-can” because it’s fun to say “pee”. And pronouncing it “puh-kahn” is kinda douchey

5.  Jalapeño:  Halla-PEEN-yo . . . or halla-PEN-yo?  That one’s closer than we expected.  40% of people say halla-PEN-yo.

I go with neither on this one. I’m a “Ja-Lop-EE-Know” kinda guy.

6.  Espresso:  ESS-presso . . . or EX-presso?  16% say EX, even though it’s wrong.

This is like “ask” and “Axe”. You know what they’re saying, evein if it’s WRONG. “Ess-Presso” is the way to go here.

7.  Crêpe:  Krep . . . or krayp?  64% pronounce it with a hard “Y” sound . . . krayp.

Making them is stressful. Saying “krayp” is the only way to diffuse that stressful situation.

8.  Syrup:  SIR-up . . . or SEER-up?  It’s a tie.  Both got 50% of the vote.

Wait a minute…..half the world says “seer-up”???? What the fug?

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