It’s a heavily debated topic: How do you pronounce the word “pecan”? It may surprise you how it was first pronounced and how it is said around the country.
puh-KAHN. PEE-can. pee-KAHN. PEE-kahn.
These are just some of the ways people around the country pronounce the smooth, brown nut that is spelled “pecan” but verbalized very differently, depending on where you live and who you grew up around.
The word comes from the Native American word, pacane, as the nut was a key part of the diets for Native Americans hundreds of years ago.
The first U.S. pecan planting was in Long Island, N.Y. in 1772, but it eventually became a commonly cultivated nut in the southern states—including Texas.
The first pronunciation of the word actually happened 11 years before that, and it was pronounced “puh-kahn,” according to Merriam-Webster.
However, as the nut started to be grown, eaten and baked into foods all around the country, the way the word is said spread as well.
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