Sunday, November 29, 2009

I REST MY CASE

The last few days have been hard for me. People I love have ripped me apart over my clarification of the right pronunciation of "pecan".

I have been called names. I have been labeled "uneducated". I have been scornfully called a "Yankee".

Well, here and now, I will prove my case.

Paula Deen is a Food Network cook. She is from ALA-STINKIN-BAMA. She's as southern as southern gets. Please-for those of you who wish to know the truth and be set free-listen to her authoritative pronunciation of "pecan".



Now, I am not looking for public apologies (though it would be nice). You can quietly watch, be convicted of your vicious attacks on me, and marvel at my linguistic prowess.

Finally, at last, this issue is settled. I rest my case.

12 comments:

jeff said...

The prosecution would like to point out that Paula also mispronounces the word "restaurant". She gives it 2 syllables and says it "REST-rint".

She is a flawed witness. The witness is dismissed. Try again Felich.

Hough said...

scornfully called a "Yankee." Is there a kind way to use the term Yankee? I can't think of anything I'd be more offended at being called.

You are both wrong by the way, It's not Pe Can or Pe Con. It is Pah-Con.

Anonymous said...

I didn't disagree with you about this subject earlier. All I said was that your picture post wasn't of a real toucan in proving your point (But, since then I realized the word is pronounced, "pea-cahn."). That said, why would you trust as your "point man" the pronunciations of a person who slaughters the English language with her Southern drawl?

Anonymous said...

I'd go with Hough's pronunciation, too, as well as, "pea-cahn."

Laura said...

I second Brian. And it does get more Southern than Alabama: Texas.

M. Jay Bennett said...

I'm with you all the way Tony!

The correct (and truly Southern) pronunciation is pecan (sounds like "we can," as in "we can" say pecan correctly).

It is NOT pecan (sounds like "the con," as in "the con" man tried to persuade me of the incorrect pronunciation of pecan).

M. Jay Bennett said...

Texas is more Western than Southern. Alabama and Georgia are Deep South!

M. Jay Bennett said...

Also, don't miss the Beam on the counter. Nice!

Anonymous said...

Just forget this whole deal and eat the pie. Otherwise, when the pie is eaten, you'll have a sick stomach from the pie's sweetness as your stomach is churning.

Woody Woodward said...

What do you get when you cross a Italian Yankee with a Southern Pee-Can? You get a nut with a funny accent.

Wayne said...

Blech...you keep the pie, I'll take the Bourbon.

Amy said...

I thought Paula Deen was from Georgia? Her restaurant is in Savannah....