So, the wife and I were having dinner with another couple tonight, and our pleasant young waitress told us that something called “sal-mon” was good. I took her at her word, and feasted on my first salmon BLT.
But…”Sal-mon?” With a distinct “L”?
Ain’t the first time I’ve heard that. Where I grew up, it was always pronounced “sammon,” with the “L” silent, and I still say it that way. At the restaurant or market, they always know what I’m talking about and so far, I haven’t been given the wrong fish yet after asking for “sammon.”
We see mispronunciations in the gun world all the time. The M-1 Garand rifle was always pronounced “Guh-RAND” when I was growing up, but those who knew the M-1’s inventor say he pronounced his own name “GA-rand.” It’s generally accepted, on the other hand, that the popular German brand Heckler & Koch is properly said “Coke” for the latter name, not “Kotch.”The Italian Carcano military rifle is usually pronounce “Car-CAN-oh” in this country, but some experts insist that it should be “CAR-can-oh.”
Many of us own lever action carbines. Is it “LEE-ver” or “LEH-ver?” “Car-BEEN” or “car-BYNE?” Or maybe “CAR-been” or “CAR-byne?”
And I won’t even get into the various pronunciations of Latin words and phrases in various American environments.
I’m curious: tell me how you pronounce the words mentioned above, and feel free to share other conflicting pronunciations.
In my house, the word the Evil Princess of Podcasts, Pixels, and Polymer Pistols argues with me about the most is “niche.” Perhaps it’s because I grew up in New Hampshire which has a large Franco-American population, but I have always pronounced it “neesh.” However, my lovely bride, who was born in Chicago until I
kidnapped rescued her, insist that it is properly spoken as “nitch.”
With us, it sounds like this:
Me: Beesh…(Uttered softly, so she won’t hear me, and hurt me…)