Food Puh-Kaan or Pee-Can?

mdlcal28

O.G.
Feb 1, 2008
1,502
3
Alabama
Being a southerner, and its Thanksgiving.....:P

Do you prefer and say PUH-KAAN or PEE-CAN when you want that pie with nuts all over it and in it?:P
.
.
.
.
.
.
.


The word pecan originates from the Algonquin Indian term "pakan," which meant a nut so hard that it had to be cracked with a stone...so therefore it is a PUH-KAAN pie!
 

stephc005

O.G.
Aug 7, 2008
8,583
1,650
MD
i say puh-kaan. i don't think i've heard other people say pee-can except for paula dean lol.
 
Apr 16, 2006
243
0
It's not simply the difference of either puh-kaan or pee-can...pronunciation will stress either the first or the second syllable, depending on the regional dialect. As a Northeasterner, I'm firmly in the PEE-can camp, which I'm sure induces shudders in a Southerner like yourself, mdlcal28! Hope you enjoy your pie tomorrow!

http://dialect.redlog.net/staticmaps/q_21.html
 

bridurkin

bcc
O.G.
Mar 17, 2008
755
0
I always say Pee-can, and have only heard Puh-kaan when down south. Now I will be so confused when asking for pie! ;)
 

missD

O.G.
May 29, 2006
3,300
1,578
I'm a foreigner living in the US and I just resort to pointing to "that nut" now that I've received a few odd looks! LOL! I've always said Pee-can previously tho.