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Forum topic by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-26-2010 02:38 PM 7860 views 0 times favorited 41 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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09-26-2010 02:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor

This morning I had a conversation with a Canadian friend of mine. In it I used the word “Caramel” (which I pronounce “car-mell”) My friend said it should be pronounced “care-a-mell”. We looked up on U-Tube and saw commercials – old and new, Canadian and US – and indeed some were my way and others were his.

How do you all pronounce the word “Caramel” and where are you from?

A – car-mell

B – care-a- mell

Just wondering on this Sunday morning . . .

Have a great one! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"


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#1 posted 09-26-2010 02:42 PM

well mine would be and is care a mell….......raised in michigian and arizona….speaking of also…where are some…now my sweet tooth is humming…man…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-26-2010 02:45 PM

That’s what started the conversation, Grizz! I made the sticky buns yesterday with “CARAMEL” topping! MMMmm! Good breakfast this morning!

YUM- ME!!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-26-2010 02:54 PM

Origin is French, so Ca-ra-mel.

-- Fred

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#4 posted 09-26-2010 03:08 PM

if it wasn´t becourse I just eat some cake at this moment
you Sheila wuold be the corse , why I wuold be bycicling
down after some candy in a moment or two….lol

I´m Danish and we say and spell it “ka-ra-mel”

Dennis

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#5 posted 09-26-2010 03:11 PM

I’m with “B”. Isn’t “A” that city on the California coast? Oh no… that’s kar-mel’. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mikethetermite

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#6 posted 09-26-2010 03:16 PM

We have a town north of Indianapolis they call it car-mal in Calf. They pronounce it the other way.
The speaking dictionary says it both ways.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Carmel+

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#7 posted 09-26-2010 03:17 PM

Can’t talk with my mouth full…

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#8 posted 09-26-2010 03:29 PM

B is correct.
Now pronounce “laboratory” !!!! and “schedule”

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#9 posted 09-26-2010 03:36 PM

From OH near Cleveland now in Louisville KY and in both areas I hear people say car-mell

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cranesgonewild

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#10 posted 09-26-2010 04:10 PM

It’s B up here in my household in Canada. But, either way is fine. We even accept the American’s mispelling of words like colour and neighbour, etc. lol

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#11 posted 09-26-2010 04:23 PM

either way is fine by me

can i have some more

sticky buns please

and another coffee

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 09-26-2010 04:40 PM

I’ll have one for you patron! :D

From Everday Stuff

Mmmmm!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 09-26-2010 04:43 PM

Reading specialist guru in cognito here. Actually- phonetically speaking the proper pronunciation for the word
caramel would be car- am-ell. Local dialects vary of course. EVery syllable has to have a vowel – and this word has 3 syllables. First syllable is r controlled- /car/ second syllable /am/is closed syllable which makes the vowel short and and same for the final syllable /el/. The word would not be care- am-el because there is no silent e (that has been dropped to add an ending) hiding after the first syllable /car/. It is also not car-mell because that pronunciation omits the second (middle) syllable of /am/ So there it is the proper pronunciation should be car-am-el. Another bit of worthless trivia to add to your already over loaded memory banks. :)

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#14 posted 09-26-2010 04:44 PM

Here’s how I say it:

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#15 posted 09-26-2010 04:47 PM

Cara- mell

but It’s really impolite to speak with your mouth full ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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