Haven't had the chance to read all the way through, but I'm always stumped when I watch those cooking shows and they insist that the "Southern" way to say "pecans" is "Pee-cans." Which just sounds gross to me. My mother, born and raised in rural Alabama, has always said "peh-cahns," and so do I. It's a much softer variation on the word that I think sounds much prettier.
Why in the world would anyone want a "pee-can" pie?
I say pee-can as do most Aussies. I had no idea what a peh-cahn pie was when I first heard about it.
It took me ages to link Craigslist as a word with how people in the US say it. We say Craig completely differently as do the UK. I still don't know how the US gets an e sound in Craig.
My cousin Craig, who lives in Canada, is called Cray-g. My American friends with the same name say it with the soft e sound.
Edited to add that I'm not saying all Americans say it Creg, just that I knew several who did.
I think I tend to use Creg as a first name and Creyg as a last name.
"Mr. Creyg, the doctor will see you now."
"Creg, can you help me with my anatomy homework."
Here's my word pronunciation delimma for y'all to take a whack at!
The word is: hearth
Hubby insists it's pronounced like "earth"
I pronounce it like "heart"