May 23, 2004

A Caramel Question

how the F do you say it??? I've been thinking about the word "caramel."

There's more than one way to say it,
and I've overthought it to the point where
I'm not even sure how I say it anymore.

You can say it like:

KAR-mul
(which is a little weird to just go
and ignore that 2nd "a" in there.
It's been suggested this could also be spelled KAR-ml.)

or you can say it like...

KARA-MEL
(which rhymes with Farrah-Mel, which would look like this...)

+

Or
you could combine A & B and get C...

KARA-mul.

Would you fine people shed some light on this? How do YOU say it? Also, please include what part of the country (or world) you grew up in. I'm curious to see if it's a regional thing.

I'm not saying this word again until we have a consensus. The comment board is now closed due to spam. Oh well. Thanks guys!



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Kara-mel, and I hail from England

Posted by: James Kennard at May 23, 2004 1:46 PM

kara-mel

I'm from Canada!

Posted by: Erica at May 23, 2004 2:21 PM

KAR-mul. I grew up in southern California- the Los Angeles bit.

Posted by: Melissa at May 23, 2004 2:47 PM

I say KAR-mul. The other way sounds like you're trying to be the queen of England or something. I'm from the bay area in California.

Posted by: Hungarian at May 23, 2004 3:32 PM

Well this certainly sparked some serious dissension in my household. Hubby says KARA-mel and he's from LA, CA. I thought I said it KARA-mul, but hubby says I say it KAR-mool. He thinks this is due to my slight stutter. I hail from the midwest, Missouri.

Posted by: etherian at May 23, 2004 3:44 PM

I've always said KAR-mul and I'm from so-cal

Posted by: Mike at May 23, 2004 3:50 PM

I just heard an announcer on Food Network say: KARA-MEL. (He failed to mention where he was from in the commercial.)

Posted by: Steve at May 23, 2004 3:56 PM

I say it car-mul but i'll read it and think cara-mel. I grew up in sjc and arizona.

Posted by: my 2 cents at May 23, 2004 4:21 PM

Kara-mel, and I'm from Quebec, Canada.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 23, 2004 4:38 PM

I say "KAR-mul" and I'm from Illinois. I think most of us say it that way around here.

Posted by: Laura at May 23, 2004 4:41 PM

KARA-mul if I'm just saying it, but KAR-mul
if I'm singing "chewing creamy caramels from kraft"... or how ever the song goes.
I be from Newfoundland.

Posted by: Ashley at May 23, 2004 4:44 PM

If it's a sauce, cair-a-mel.

If it's a little piece of candy, kara-mel.

If it's on popcorn, kar-mul

Nor Cal.

Posted by: The Other Mike S. at May 23, 2004 4:58 PM

I say KAR-mul. I'm from a suburb of Philadelphia.

Posted by: Bryan at May 23, 2004 4:59 PM

Interesting that dictionary.com lists all three pronunciations.

KAR-mul in NW Ohio.

Posted by: red_beard_neo at May 23, 2004 5:02 PM

i once had a huge debate over this with a former boyfriend.

odd that coming from georgia, i say "KARA-MEL," and coming from the north, he said "car-mul."

but he is dumb, so it is "KARA-MEL."

Posted by: audrey at May 23, 2004 5:43 PM

I say kara-mel. Recently I came across this Harvard Dialect Survey: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~golder/dialect/maps.php. There's a whole nice little section devoted to caramel: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~golder/dialect/staticmaps/q_4.html . This type of socio-linguistics fascinates me. Love the site. (Louisville, KY)

Posted by: Victoria at May 23, 2004 5:45 PM

i say kar-mul. always have.
i grew up in northern wisconsin.

i also say "kar-mul apple" (note the fact that there's no "ed" present) for the fall treat on a stick.

anyone else???

Posted by: greengirl75 at May 23, 2004 5:54 PM

I say choice B, Kara-Mel. I know lots of people who say both... I just say it phonetically. I don't ignore that second 'a.'

Posted by: Brian at May 23, 2004 5:55 PM

Sorry to double-post, but I forgot the region-part. I'm from PA, USA.

Posted by: Brian at May 23, 2004 5:58 PM

Kar-mul. Anything else is a waste of a syllable.

I'm from Chicago but live in Minneapolis. I'm gonna go drink a pop now.

Posted by: Matt at May 23, 2004 6:00 PM

KAR-mul. I'm from the midwest. I knew a girl named Carmelle, with the accent on the -melle part. Isn't there a town in Indiana called Carmel?

Posted by: Kerry at May 23, 2004 6:07 PM

KARA-mel. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Posted by: Rom at May 23, 2004 6:09 PM

Please, please, please. Never say KAR-mul. Ever. Please. Its obviously KaraMel. Please. Whenever I hear MUL I think the world is going to end. Its not very difficult. Say what you see. Its known as READING.

London UK.

Posted by: Mike at May 23, 2004 6:23 PM

Kar-mul. From Michigan.

Posted by: Jaime at May 23, 2004 6:27 PM

KARA-mul. (Not rhyming with "Farrah," with "car.")

From Portland, Ore.

Posted by: Wes Meltzer at May 23, 2004 6:36 PM

I say Kar-mul. I'm from Alabama, but I don't have a particularly southern accent. My parents are both from Indiana, so my accent is some strange amalgam.

Posted by: Megan at May 23, 2004 6:46 PM

Definitely Karra-mel, there's a long R there for most of us in Australia. and the 'Ca' is as in Capital. Don't try and say it like Steve Irwin though, he's embarassing.

Benjamin,
Australia.

Posted by: Benjamin at May 23, 2004 6:56 PM

I say kara-mel, and I'm from NYC.

Posted by: Liz at May 23, 2004 7:00 PM

Carra-mill, here in NZ, which means it probably sounds like Carra-mull to the rest of the world :-)

Posted by: Rosie at May 23, 2004 7:10 PM

Here in Chicago we say "kar-mull." Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to finish reading this article about new-kyooler energy. (Boy, does my lar-nicks hurt.)

Posted by: chocky at May 23, 2004 7:27 PM

KAR-mul.

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, save for two years I spent in New Jersey outside of Manhattan.

Posted by: Whitney at May 23, 2004 7:41 PM

Here in Portland, Oregon we say it CAR-MEL. like the way its actually spelled, you illiterate jerks, you. *smirk* wait...minus an A...

ack.

Posted by: Allison at May 23, 2004 7:43 PM

Car-mull. From, obviously, Seattle.
Great link, Victoria.
Mike, from London- It's a-LOOM-i-num.
Not Al-oo-MIN-ee-um.
(just saying)

Posted by: Seattleite at May 23, 2004 7:55 PM


Kar-mul in Indiana.

BTW, I live about 4 miles from Galveston ... which in Indiana is Gal-Vest-Ton.

Posted by: Gman at May 23, 2004 8:04 PM

Forgot to add, that there is a suburb of Indianapolis spelled Carmel and prounonced, Car-mul.

Posted by: Gman at May 23, 2004 8:05 PM

I have to agree with "2 cents" that I say Car-mul but when reading it, I think Cara-mel.

Dallas, Texas.

BTW, Gman, I'm quite north of Galveston, Texas, but here we pronounce it... Galvis-ton

Posted by: Ronnie at May 23, 2004 8:36 PM

ka'ramel. Southwestern Ontario (Canada) with Newfie influence over my pronounciation (thanks, Mom!).

Posted by: Katchan at May 23, 2004 8:45 PM

Gman beat me to it, but add another vote for kar-mul in Indiana.

Posted by: Emily at May 23, 2004 8:47 PM

I hate to intoduce a fourth (or fifth I guess with KARA-MILL)option, but I always used to say KAR-MEL until Clint Eastwood became mayor of that town in California. Now it's KARA-MEL all the way. (Ottawa, ON, Canada)

Posted by: Glen at May 23, 2004 8:56 PM

Im from Sydney and I usually I would say that I and most people I know from here would go for option C

Kara-mul

But I've been reading all these posts and trying everyone elses pronunciation and now I can't figure out how I say it

Posted by: Ham at May 23, 2004 9:16 PM

car-mul, no accented syllable
from the upper midwest

Posted by: UKMikeIsAPompousArse at May 23, 2004 9:18 PM

Kar-Mul

California

Posted by: Lon at May 23, 2004 9:28 PM

I don't understand the KAR-mul way. This is the only time where an 'e' can make a 'uh' sound. Is this due to an obscure rule of english pronunciation or just how u say it while chewing on it?

Anyways, Kara-Mel all the way and I'm from Vancouver.

Posted by: MikeFromCanada at May 23, 2004 9:58 PM

KAR-mul

I grew up in Southern New Jersey

Posted by: Lisa at May 23, 2004 10:32 PM

Sometimes I say kar-mul sometimes kar-a-mel, I don't really care-mel.

Posted by: Kyle at May 23, 2004 10:48 PM

Kara-mul and I'm from Oregon

Posted by: Mollie at May 23, 2004 11:14 PM

KARA-MEL.

That's the way I've been saying it ever since.

Posted by: ade at May 23, 2004 11:20 PM

KARa-mel.
I'm from North Jersey.

Posted by: Dave at May 23, 2004 11:58 PM

We call it TOFF-EE.
Liverpool, UK

Posted by: Ben at May 24, 2004 12:55 AM

Nice one, Ben. :)

I'm from California, and pronounce it care-uh-mel. I make the sound distinction since I know other Californians that pronounce it car-uh-mel.

Posted by: April at May 24, 2004 1:21 AM

Kara-mel.
Hong Kong (nationality Sri Lankan)

Posted by: Jessica at May 24, 2004 1:27 AM

I'm from So Cal and I've always said KAR-mul, but it's a little embarassing, because it's obviously not phonetic and sounds a little hick. On the other hand, KARA-mel to me is unnatural and sounds really pretentious. So I just try to avoid saying the word altogether and call it "that sticky brownish stuff."

Posted by: Steve Dave at May 24, 2004 1:47 AM

KAR-mul

Northern California

Posted by: Jbones at May 24, 2004 3:59 AM

i say kara-mel, and im from singapore. ^^ guess people from my country tend to pronounce words as it is. alot of people pronounce lingerie as "ling-ger-rie". lol.

Posted by: jamie at May 24, 2004 4:35 AM

i think i'm guilty of saying it kara-mel and kar-mul, but it's almost always KARA-mel. i'm from northern new jersey

Posted by: aimee at May 24, 2004 4:37 AM

Car-mul, western NC

Posted by: Sylvia at May 24, 2004 6:33 AM

KAR-mul. Drinking my pop in Minnesota.

Posted by: Liz at May 24, 2004 6:35 AM

Way to go Liz. There are at least two "pop" people in this state.

Posted by: Matt at May 24, 2004 6:51 AM

i say kara-mel but I'm from Canada eh? hehe

Posted by: Ryan at May 24, 2004 6:55 AM

care-a-mel

Singapore

Posted by: ack at May 24, 2004 7:04 AM

I, as well as everyone in my family, say what I think would be spelled like "Care-A-mul", which is probably what you mean by your third choice, so I'm just being long winded.

We are from Alabama.

Posted by: Joel S. at May 24, 2004 7:09 AM

I'm with you, Steve. I have just read 61 postings on the way "caramel" is pronounced and have no idea how I say it anymore.

Posted by: Carron at May 24, 2004 7:21 AM

I'm from NJ but we used to visit my mom's family in Ohio a lot. I was about 9 on one of these Ohio trips when I first saw the word "caramel" in print....on an amusement park sign for caramel apples. Everyone said it KAR-mul. But I figured that since those retards said things like, "that there" and "ain't," they were probably wrong about caramel too. So from then on I've said KARA-mel.

Posted by: Rachael at May 24, 2004 7:47 AM

It's Kar-mul here in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, but we're not ususally known for our pra-none-see-a-shun.

Posted by: Scott at May 24, 2004 7:47 AM

It's Kar-mul here in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, but we're not ususally known for our pra-none-see-a-shun.

Posted by: Scott at May 24, 2004 7:47 AM

or our skill with a mouse, sorry for the double-click.

Posted by: Scott at May 24, 2004 7:48 AM

Kar-mul and I am from California.

My husband says Kara-mel and he is from New Hampshire.

Posted by: Cate at May 24, 2004 8:03 AM

I say KAR-mul. I'm from Texas. My girfriend says Kar-a- mel. She's from Australia and rather fancy.

E

Posted by: Elisha at May 24, 2004 8:12 AM

KARAMEL...i is from da UK... how do YOU pronounce paracetamol...para-seet-amol or para-set-amol...or scones?

Posted by: salbo baggins at May 24, 2004 8:17 AM

Karra-mell. From Trøndelag, Norway.

Posted by: heisann at May 24, 2004 8:34 AM

KARA-MEL - Vancouver, BC - Canada.

Posted by: katareina at May 24, 2004 9:16 AM

I say it kara-mul. I live in Arkansas, but spent my first few years in Northern Utah

Posted by: Bryan at May 24, 2004 10:24 AM

kara-mel if I'm talking about it in general. If I'm talking about apples, it's car-mul.
SoCal LA area.

Posted by: saisha at May 24, 2004 10:26 AM

I say it char-o-mell-a

Ok, not really.

Posted by: Mac at May 24, 2004 10:32 AM

KAR-mul... It's easier to say.

I'm from Illinois.

Posted by: Odin at May 24, 2004 11:05 AM

KARA-MEL. I'm from England. KAR-MUL is just a place in California.

Posted by: ellen at May 24, 2004 11:12 AM

KARA-MEL - and I'm from England, I think all brits say it this way.

Posted by: Lee at May 24, 2004 11:21 AM

kar-mul, I'm from Nor Cal, SF

Posted by: sashaB at May 24, 2004 11:22 AM

I'm from So-Cal I pronounce it MMMMMMMMMMMMM_that's_good_yumminess, or sometimes I pronounce it OH_YEAH_THAT'S_GOOD_STUFF. I guess it all depends on what way its wholesome goodness has been used.

http://www.etymonline.com/c2etym.htm
caramel - 1725, from Fr. caramel "burnt sugar," ult. from M.L. cannamellis, traditionally from L. canna (see cane) + mellis "honey;" though some give the M.L. word an Ar. origin.

Posted by: Travis at May 24, 2004 11:33 AM

i say it KARA-MUL (even with the caps)
but my drummer says it's "care a mel"
both of us were born and raised in central arkansas.....y'all.

Posted by: limekiller at May 24, 2004 11:35 AM

Mr. "Say it like it's written" in the UK: So this is how "worcestershire" becomes, what, wersh-ter-sher? Brilliant.

I'm from California, was raised by a class-valedictorian brainiac mom and an Okie dad, and I say it differently depending on how proper I feel at the time. Probably most often it's cair-a-mul.

Posted by: Rachel at May 24, 2004 12:02 PM

I say Kar-mul and I am from southern Minnesota. I thought we said everything a little bit different here, but evidently not.

Posted by: Dan at May 24, 2004 12:06 PM

Care-a-mull, which usually gets shortened to care-mull.

NC

Posted by: eric at May 24, 2004 12:25 PM

KARA-MEL, and I'm from the Boston area.
I'm all for the "rhymes with Farrah" imagery, but throwing Mel in there is just mean. :)

Posted by: Jon at May 24, 2004 12:25 PM

KAR-mul, for me. we moved a lot as a kid so I grew up in KY, IN, and WA.

Posted by: xresx at May 24, 2004 1:05 PM

Also hailing from Boston - I couldn't remember so I said it out loud and figured out it's none of these. I pronounce it Kah-mul. I just can't help it.

Posted by: Heather at May 24, 2004 1:06 PM

kara-mel Originally Connect-i-cut but now from Rhode Island for the last 3 years.


*snicker* I knew Boston would sound different from anyone else. I'm picturing Kennedy saying It.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 24, 2004 1:25 PM

i say carAmel. see the A! its there. it bugs me when people diss the second A like that. if I were that second a, i would feel very unloved. i'm suprised the second A hasn't commited suicide by now.

oh yeah. i'm from south louisiana. people around here usually kill the second A out of prejudice though.

Posted by: liz y. at May 24, 2004 1:37 PM

It's pronounced the way it's spelt. Cara-mel. :/
"Carm'l" sounds so stupid.

Posted by: English Pedant at May 24, 2004 2:48 PM

KAR-mul

Grew up in NW Iowa.

Posted by: Danielle at May 24, 2004 3:11 PM

"Kar-mul" originally then somehow in my early twenties I moved to "Kara-mel". I found the error of my ways and now I am back to "Kar-mul".

*Then Kentucky, *Now So Cal.....

Posted by: Gordon at May 24, 2004 3:35 PM

I say it KAR-mul, i'm from West Virginia

Posted by: paden at May 24, 2004 4:07 PM

Kara-Mel when referring to the candies themselves, Kar-Mul when referring to apples, then Kara-Mel again when referring to popcorn. Perhaps this can be attributed to the fact that I was a military brat then in the military myself and subsequently lived all over the place. What can I say, I guess I am just eclectic. In response to Mike from London, who says "Its not very difficult. Say what you see. Its known as READING".
Mike, please read the following:

On Wednesday the 25th. of February 2004 a phenomenon had the world of psychology dumb founded. When in a cabaret, or was it a castle in New Foundland a gnat sized xenophobe was discovered in a cupboard.

I know, doesn't make much since, but sure would be fun to listen to Mike say it.

Posted by: Joey at May 24, 2004 4:18 PM

KARA - MEL
Eastern Canada

Posted by: Synchros at May 24, 2004 4:28 PM

kar-ra-mel in new south wales, australia.. but I think people have more of a problem pronouncing cinnamon :P

Posted by: elaine at May 24, 2004 4:46 PM

Ka-ra-mel. As a correctly spoken member of the British Isles, and besides I live right next to the World famous Cadbury chocolate factory in Bournville-who produce... Caramel bars. So there you have it!

Posted by: Si Haywood at May 24, 2004 5:47 PM

Just for another southern hemisphere perspective - I say "kara-mill". But then, what the hell do we know. Our toilets flush in the wrong direction fer crissake.

FYI in NZ "fanny" means "the hooey", so you can imagine the stifled giggles when American tourists in NZ start talking about their fanny packs etc. Americans visiting NZ take heed.

Posted by: split_nz at May 24, 2004 5:52 PM

I always heard that it was pronounced Kar-mul when its hard and chewy and Kara-mel when it's soft and gooey.

Posted by: Aubrey at May 24, 2004 6:44 PM

i'm from ontario canada and pronounce it "KARA-MEL" though i've been known to pronounce various words incorrectly.

for example: up until very recently, i used to pronounce cantaloupe, CANT-A-LOOP, instead of CANT-E-LOPE, which is the proper way of saying it.

i also pronounce pasta as PAUS-ta instead of PASS-ta and most others i know do. i'm not sure whether or not this has to do with my french speaking parents but i'm beginning to think it does.

Posted by: dominique at May 24, 2004 6:52 PM

kara-mel, and i'm from maryland.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 24, 2004 7:47 PM

Hmm, I seem to be the only one who enunciates the second syllable. I say kar-MEL, as do my family members. I tend to avoid saying the word altogether, but when I'm forced to, I usually stutter and cover all my bases like so, to avoid the inevitable harsh judgements of my lack of pedantic finesse:

"I enjoy kar-MEL. ::panicked pause, blank stares:: Uhh, I mean KAR-mul. Ummm, KARA-mel."

I then proceed to spend 3 weeks of solitude in my lonely room as I recover from the searing embarrassment and humiliation.

Posted by: Jenny at May 24, 2004 8:50 PM

Kar-mul

Sacramento, California

Posted by: Me at May 24, 2004 8:53 PM

Kar-mul. I grew up in the Seattle area.

Posted by: Amy at May 24, 2004 8:59 PM

I'm from a well-traveled Navy family, so I recognize its name in all dialects. Doesn't matter much. It tastes just as good no matter what one attempts to mumble while chewing it.

Posted by: Debbie at May 24, 2004 9:02 PM

KAR-mul

USA

Posted by: Cooper at May 24, 2004 10:18 PM

Damn, you've gotten a lot of comments on this.

I pronounce it Kara-mel.

The real question should be how do you pronounce Caribbean.

Posted by: Erik at May 24, 2004 10:56 PM

Forgot to add that I'm from Rhode Island.

Posted by: Erik at May 24, 2004 10:57 PM

I say Kar-mul... Tulsa, Oklahoma...

Posted by: Micah at May 24, 2004 11:29 PM

OH, wait, I ment to add this,

LETS CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF!!!

Posted by: Micah at May 24, 2004 11:32 PM

Kara-mel : Australia
how would you pronounce 'caramelize' if you say Kar-mul? Cos that just crazy ...

And much like the people of NZ - we laugh when americans say fanny ...

BTW I pronounce 'cantaloupe' as rock melon.

Posted by: Lou at May 25, 2004 1:41 AM

It's definitely Kar-mul. I live in Sunny Southern Florida!

Posted by: Jen at May 25, 2004 6:21 AM

kar-mul. kara-mel sounds too foo foo and snooty.

Posted by: derek at May 25, 2004 6:24 AM

I say CAR-mul. And it is CAR-mul-ize!

Kansas.

Posted by: Furious at May 25, 2004 8:25 AM

Kar-mul and kar-mul-ize. I am a proud survivor of the New York City public education system circa the 1960's.

Posted by: beth at May 25, 2004 9:28 AM

I want to say CAR-MUL. But I know it's wrong.

So I'll just go with KARASHIZZLE.

Interesting side note:
I seem to be the only person who also says CROWNS in place of Cray-ons for those pesky wax color sticks of joy.

This is because I am probably retarded.

From Southernizzle Calishizzle

Aaron

Posted by: Aaron at May 25, 2004 9:40 AM

I say "Kara-Mel" but I also say "Kar-Muh-Lize" What can I say? I'm a freak from Southeastern PA- You know- where the wind from Three Mile Island drifted towhen I was a baby! (This explains A LOT more then just this Cara-Mel/ Kar-Mul thing)

Posted by: Darren at May 25, 2004 10:14 AM

Car-mul...that's how we say it in Toledo, OH

Posted by: Jenny at May 25, 2004 10:32 AM

I just said it out loud a bunch of times and it seems I say:
KARA-ml (yes ml)
Most folk here pronounce it the same.
- Sydney Australia

Posted by: Tris at May 25, 2004 10:52 AM

I grew up in Mexico and live in Southern California.

But I believe everyone should say it "Kara-mel" to avoid confusion with the words "Carmel" as in "Carmel Mountain Road" or "Mount Carmel" or the cities Carmel, CA or Carmel,IN or the town of Carmel, NY. So there.

Posted by: Eb at May 25, 2004 11:20 AM

Kara-mel, Long Island NY

Posted by: Jen at May 25, 2004 11:36 AM

KARA-mel. Born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia ...and not proud of it.

Posted by: Cookie at May 25, 2004 1:13 PM

KAR-mul. From Portland Ore-uh-gun originally. Now in Fee-nix.

Posted by: jonag at May 25, 2004 3:16 PM

KAR-mul

from nor-cal, bay area

Posted by: Ian at May 25, 2004 4:18 PM

Here's my guess - but I really don't know what I'm talking about. I think, the more syllables you pronounce it with, and the more you emphasize the last syllable, the fancier-schmancier the presentation is of said confection. The harder you have to work to prepare/eat the stuff, the harder it should be to say the word.

Kar-mul - if you eat it all by itself, say, fresh out of the wrapper at Halloween.

Kar-a-mul - if you melt it and dip stuff in it, like apples, popcorn, your finger.

Kar-a-MEL - if you melt it and mix it into something really fancy, like a special tort dessert or a pie or something.

Just a guess, and I live in Oregon.

Posted by: Gen at May 25, 2004 4:44 PM

Ive overanalyzed this, now i forgot how i would instinctively say it

PHx

Posted by: Anonymous at May 25, 2004 8:53 PM

Kara-Mel (the 'a's pronounced as in 'car')

Chemnitz, Germany

And I'm pretty sure in Germany that's the only way to pronounce it.

Posted by: Achim at May 26, 2004 8:05 AM

KARA-mul - and I'm from South Africa!

Posted by: Jeanne at May 26, 2004 8:09 AM

Karamel (RI)

Posted by: Jennifer at May 26, 2004 8:45 AM

KAR-mul, people... KAR-mul. KAR-mul, KAR-mul, KAR-mul!

Posted by: Margo at May 26, 2004 10:20 AM

Oopsy... I'm from southcentral PA, where our dialect borrows the worst of Philly, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore!

Posted by: Margo at May 26, 2004 10:21 AM

kar-mel, but then I also say cara-mel.

kar-mel is the harder chewy stuff

cara-mel is the soft gooey stuff like Caramellows.

NO ONE makes cara-mel liek Cadbury's.

Posted by: Jen Segrest at May 26, 2004 10:47 AM

KAR-mul. I'm born and raised and still live in Southern Indiana. Wtf gg dood.

Posted by: Mark at May 26, 2004 10:48 AM

KARA-mul (or more accurately, as someone else put it, "KARA-ml")

Born and raised in Maryland, the DC suburbs.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 26, 2004 11:09 AM

Well, since my name is Cara, I have always said "cara-mel". But, maybe that's because I am self-centered. I'm from Arizona.

Posted by: cara at May 26, 2004 1:31 PM

Funny, I just had this conversation with my boyfriend the other day. I say Kara-Mel, he says Kar-mul and tells me I say it wrong. I was born in the Midwest & lived there until I was 13 when I moved to the East Coast. He was born & bred on the East Coast

Posted by: jamie at May 26, 2004 1:44 PM

I say it KARA-mel or CAR-mel( so it sounds like car (the one you drive))
Im in Canada...

Posted by: Lor at May 26, 2004 2:31 PM

Kar-mul.

Arizona & Oregon.

Posted by: Ursula at May 26, 2004 2:55 PM

KAR-mull (central Iowa, usa).

Man, I'm impressed at the number of people who have chimed in. I usually come here for Dr. Michael.

Posted by: sford at May 26, 2004 3:40 PM

Raised in CT, USA- always pronounced option D-
car-mel. In fact, it was years before I knew there was a second 'a'.

Posted by: jc at May 26, 2004 6:49 PM

Kar-mul Ann Arbor Michigan!!

Posted by: Katie at May 26, 2004 7:29 PM

It's always "karrah-mull" when it comes to caramel corn, tho...

yes or no?

Posted by: audrey at May 26, 2004 9:25 PM

KAR-mul. Seattle, WA. Saying the "a" is like saying the "o" in opossum and the "gh" in through.

Posted by: jamie at May 26, 2004 11:56 PM

KARA-mel

Born and raised in New Orleans.

Posted by: Rachel at May 27, 2004 5:35 AM

I say it like KAR-mul but my wife says it the other way, we had a discussion about this as well... No idea, I lived in Connecticut for 11 years, and now to Florida for 13

Posted by: Shiznet at May 27, 2004 10:08 AM

I say Car-Mul, and I'm from Minnesota. Oh yeah, I also say you betcha, since people here totally have "Minnesotan accents".

Posted by: Tricia at May 27, 2004 11:27 AM

I Say and Think KAR-mul. Intellectually I think it should be KARA-mel. So Cal.

Posted by: Jesse at May 27, 2004 11:58 AM

I'm English and I say Kara-Mel

Posted by: Vicky at May 27, 2004 1:46 PM

Kar-mul, Western Pennsylvania

Posted by: jayKayEss at May 27, 2004 4:11 PM

KARA-mel. That is the right and proper way, damn you. To say it any other way is heresy, and an affront against god.

Texas.

Posted by: Poor Yorick at May 27, 2004 5:09 PM

I also say SEER-up, as opposed to the doltish and uneducated SUH-rup, or SURP.

Posted by: Yorick at May 27, 2004 5:11 PM

To me the way you say "caramel" depends on the context of the phrase. The word "caramel" has practically become a colloquial word; so there really isn't a right or wrong. People who have heard it one way all their lives become affronted when approached to it differently. But whatever -

I've always heard it pronounced (in context) as:

"Carmel" - popcorn and apple
"Caramel" - syrup, filling, candy-type related item.

DFW, TX

either way it's pronounced, it's great stuff.

Posted by: Angela at May 27, 2004 6:31 PM

KARA-mel! (Farrah-Mel) I'm from North Carolina, and fairly well-educated, despite having been brought up in the south.

Posted by: LSDiamond at May 28, 2004 1:19 AM

KARA-MEL, and I come from Israel.

Posted by: Yair at May 28, 2004 3:49 AM

CARA-MEL New Jersey/New York

Posted by: laura at May 28, 2004 5:46 AM

HAHAHAHAHA! I was just having this discussion with someone recently.

For the record, I say kara-mel. Miami, FL.

Posted by: Ivonne at May 28, 2004 8:41 AM

'KAR-mul', the way it's supposed to be pronounced. Unless you're gay.

Denver, CO.

Posted by: nn at May 28, 2004 8:47 AM

Kar-Mul...Like it supposed to be pronounced!
Kara-mel sounds pretentious.
and I am from the bay-area of California.

Posted by: Maya at May 28, 2004 1:10 PM

I'm from New Orleans, LA and I say Kara-Mel. That is also the name of my kitty!

Posted by: Kat at May 28, 2004 1:49 PM

I'm from Houston, TX and have been transplanted in Portland, OR and I say kara-mel, but everyone always tell me I'm wrong and that it's kar-mul. :(

Posted by: Kristen at May 28, 2004 2:55 PM

KARA-MEL, Canada

Posted by: Todd at May 28, 2004 3:28 PM

KAR-mul

And I'm from Nebraska

GO BIG RED

Posted by: Doug at May 28, 2004 5:57 PM

I've always said KAR-mul,


I was born in Texas, but moved to Utah before I was a year old, and spent the rest of my life here

Posted by: dustin at May 28, 2004 10:28 PM

Its car-mul. I'mfrom upstate N.Y.

Posted by: betty at May 29, 2004 4:15 AM

Kara-mel

From Canada

Posted by: Melissa at May 29, 2004 4:43 AM

Hmmm - sticky question. :)

If the product come in little single-serving-sized portions, wrapped in cellophane (and comes in a bag with KRAFT written on it), it is definitely KARA-MEL.

If it's on an apple, it's KAR-MUL.

If it's on a sundae, it's butterscotch. :)

Now, how about caramelized? As in the cooking process? I say KAR-MUL-IZED.

Posted by: colleen at May 29, 2004 6:04 AM

oops - I'm from NB Canada

Posted by: colleen at May 29, 2004 6:05 AM

I say Kar-mul,I'm from N.Y,N.J.now AZ.

Posted by: Maureen at May 29, 2004 6:19 AM

I've lived in Houston, Texas since I was 6 years old (just a few miles from GALveston.... whoever heard of GalVESTon????) and I don't think I have a consistent pronunciation of caramel. At my job yesterday, they served us ice cream sundaes and I was trying to figure out how to say "caramel" for the topping and wasn't quite sure (and that was before I read all these posts!).

I have influences from New England, South Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, and Kentucky, so perhaps that accounts for my uncertainty!! Here are the variations I've heard (and said):

1. CARE-ah-mel (long a, silent e, as in the word "care")
2. CARE-uh-mul (my mom's... she's famous for her CARE-uh-mul cakes, and grew up in Georgia)
3. CARE-mul (my mom in a hurry)
4. CAR-mel
5. CAR-mul
6. Sadly, my New England grandmother has passed away so I can't ask her, but she probably said something like "Carerr-mel." (She also said "Afri-car.") I don't recall for sure.

I suppose other logical variations would be "CAR-ah-mel" and "CAR-uh-mul" but I don't recall hearing these.

Several people have mentioned towns called "Carmel" but I don't think these are derived from "caramel." There is a "Mount Carmel" in the Bible where Elijah had his showdown with the prophets of Ba'al, so that's much more likely as a place name. At church we always prounounced it CAR-mel or CAR-mul.

Ok, I'm going to go drink a Coke now. Think I'll have a root beer. ;-)

Vivian

Posted by: Vivian at May 29, 2004 6:42 AM

Car-mul. Grew up in Michigan. Now in Luhlvuhl (louisville) by way of Ohio. Even our own city offers options by the way. looeyville. lewisville. looahville. But if you grew up here, it's luhlvuhl. :o) but i might be the only one here who drinks Pop. with my car-mul apple. No -ed, and no nuts either ;o)

Posted by: beth at May 29, 2004 7:17 AM

webster's dictionary
car a mel kar'e mel

Posted by: Barry Dicks at May 29, 2004 8:23 AM

we call it kar-mel at my house in michigan

Posted by: julie at May 29, 2004 9:08 AM

If I'm talking to someone or at all conscious about it, I say Care-a-mul. But if there's a bowl of candy on the counter, I say, "Give me a Car-mul." I guess my level of sophistication is directly proportionate to my level of hunger. I'm from Wichita, KANSAS!

Posted by: Anonymous at May 29, 2004 9:54 AM

I pronounce it Kar-mul and I from Las Vegas

Posted by: Josey at May 29, 2004 10:12 AM

I say Kara-mell (like a caramilk chocolate bar)and I am from Owen Sound, Ontario. However...when at a fair, it is without a doubt, a car-mull apple/car-mull corn. Guess the country fair just brings out the ignoramus in me!

Posted by: Sasha at May 29, 2004 1:14 PM

KAR-mul, originally from Northeast Philadelphia. All of the Philly people I know say KAR-mul.

Posted by: Cath at May 29, 2004 3:15 PM

KAR-mol, I grew up in Wisconsin..maybe because I was around so many cows you start talking like them after a while. I've noticed that in the city, fancy people say KARA-mel.

Posted by: Laura at May 29, 2004 4:45 PM

Cara-mel. The way God intended.
Scones is pronounced "sconz"

Posted by: Bob Severn at May 29, 2004 5:32 PM

I'm from Chicago and it's definetly Car-mul!

Posted by: Ruth at May 29, 2004 6:53 PM

I pronounce it kar-a-ml with an almost negligible final syllable. Always have, always will. Born in Ireland, pronounced it kar-a-ml there; grew up in England, ditto; lived in Canada ever since, continue to say kar-a-ml in spite of all the kar-muls I hear around me.

Posted by: May at May 29, 2004 8:53 PM

KARA-ml or KARA-mel, "ml" more often though

New Hampshire

Posted by: jenovux at May 29, 2004 9:44 PM

kar-ml. i'm from colorado/now cali.

the BEST kar-ml ice cream ever:
Haagan Daaz DULCE DE LECHE

IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!!! :) xox

Posted by: willo at May 30, 2004 1:40 PM

If you sound it out, or really look at how it's SPELT it's CARA-MEL.
Canada

Posted by: Anna at May 30, 2004 2:57 PM

I say Cara-mel when talkinkg about it as an ingredient, like in a candy bar. But i also say Car-mel when talking about Caremel apples. If yout hink this is crazy, ask someone if the word is Pee-Can, or Pe-caan when talking about the nut.......

Posted by: Bailey at May 30, 2004 5:18 PM

kaar -miul I m fr Southapton Island Nunavut
Salliq (coral Harbour

Posted by: simiuni at May 31, 2004 6:42 AM

I say KAR-ml. I was born in TX and grew up in CA and TX. I sometimes think KARA-mel when I read the word, but always say KAR-ml. And it's puh-KAHN for the nut if you're a proper Texan!

Posted by: Barbara at May 31, 2004 8:14 AM

KAR-mul. I grew up mostly in New Jersey.

Posted by: Michelle at May 31, 2004 8:19 AM

KAR ml
but im from wisconsin and we say alot of things differently

Posted by: jen at May 31, 2004 9:06 AM

I AM INDONESIAN. CARAMEL IN INDONESIAN IS KARAMEL. AND TO PRONOUNCE IT,

KA >> 'A' HERE LIKE 'A' IN ENGLISH'S NOTE 'FA'
RA >> DITTO
MEL>> MEL IS MEL..LIKE GIBSON'S MEL.

SO IT GOES 'KARAMEL'.

Posted by: maudy at May 31, 2004 9:12 AM

I say "kara-mel", and I'm from Toronto (which we pronounce "Tronnah").

Posted by: johnnylaw at May 31, 2004 10:17 AM

carmul apple or caramel candy. Either way it's tasty.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 31, 2004 8:08 PM

carmul apple or caramel candy. Either way it's tasty.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 31, 2004 8:08 PM

Kar-mul ... raised in Texas, moved to Ohio...refuse to give in to their stupid way of pronouncing caramel AND apricot. I will die saying them the southern (proper) way.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 31, 2004 10:38 PM

KARmul

Posted by: Robert at May 31, 2004 11:11 PM

Whoops, East Bay California

Posted by: Robert at May 31, 2004 11:12 PM

Kara-Mel.
sensible, no?

Ottawa, canada.

Posted by: Angela. at June 1, 2004 6:05 AM

KAR-mul - Simsbury Connecticut!

Posted by: Lynnzie at June 1, 2004 6:21 AM

I used to say kar-mul until recently I discussed it with a friend who convinced me that kar-mul is the coating on desserts like flan (or other food) made from cooking sugar (as in carmelized), and kara-mel is the goo inside of candy.

Posted by: Douglas, San Diego, CA, at June 1, 2004 9:54 AM

The place in Indiana is most definitely pronounced KAR-mul. I pronounce it that was too, though it bothers me now, as KARA-mel is obviously superior. I'm from good ole Indiana.

Posted by: Chelsea at June 1, 2004 2:52 PM

I say KARA-mul and I'm from Tennessee

Posted by: Heather at June 1, 2004 9:03 PM

I never actually took the time to notice how anybody around here says anything. Everyone says that we sound funny no matter what we say. :P I say it like Kara-Mel and I'm from the East Coast, Boston Area.

Posted by: Carly at June 1, 2004 11:28 PM

Here's the deal...
CARAMEL, let's break it down...

CAR - Like "I just wrecked my new CAR" This could be pronounced "care" if you are from upstate NY or "cah" if you're from Maine!

A - We all know it's an "A" but you wouldn't say CAR-AY-MEL unless, of course, you are of Indian (from India) descent...no disrespect intended!

MEL - Looks, at first glance to to be pronounced like Mr. Gibsons first name...Hoot...No, I mean Mel, but heres the hook...You wouldn't say "ca-MELL" unless of course you're Inspector Clouseau whereas you might say something like, "Does your ca-MELL bite?" You would follow the example of the widely accepted M-E-L convention of MULL as in, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOU IDIOT! We use the ca-mull to ride into town...THAT'S where the girls are!"

So, long story, short...CAR-UH-MULL is probably correct but sounds rediculous! IMHO!

Posted by: Tom at June 2, 2004 7:28 AM

I usually call them a toffee. I dunno, I think it's an Irish girl thing. All the girls I know call it toffee, and all the guys call it caramel.

But when I say caramel, it's KAHR-ah-ml. R slightly flipped/rolled/trilled, apparently, if my American acquaintances aren't just taking the piss (though they probably are). All a's like in fAther. 'ml' syllable so unaccented it's barely there (and therefore has no vowel sound)

Lifford, Ireland

Posted by: Eidolon at June 2, 2004 10:12 AM

CARA-MEL
I'm from North Central PA

Posted by: Chrissy at June 2, 2004 10:14 AM

Kahr-Uh-mel if it's the little squarical thing.
KAR-mel if it's the corn.

Damn, I talk funny.

LA, CA, by way of NYC, South America, and NJ.

Posted by: tim at June 2, 2004 2:57 PM

That's enough about caramels; what about Pecans?
Is it PeCons?it Pee=cons? Is it PeCans (as in pop cans)? Is it Puhcons?

Posted by: MaDonna Banks at June 2, 2004 4:31 PM

KAR-mul for me, and I'm from a suburb of Detroit.
You know, I never really paid attention to the second "A" until a few years ago. I was saying it that way before I learned how to spell it.

Posted by: Kelly at June 2, 2004 8:14 PM

Well, I say Kara-mel. I am from San Jose, CA. But when I say caramelize I ignore the second "A" and say Kar-melize. Weird? Thank you Steve for helping me waste precious brain cells analizing the way I say Caramel.

Posted by: Delia at June 3, 2004 9:59 AM

"KAR-mul" corn, dulce le leche ice cream (KAR-mul ice cream with KAR-mul swirl), Goetz's KAR-mul cremes, "Instant Karmul" by John Lennon, "Karmul Chameleon' by Culture Club...

I can't think of one instance where I pronounce it as the somewhat stilted "CARamel."

Born and raised in Gettysburg PA

Posted by: Brian at June 3, 2004 12:18 PM

car-mull. No accented syllables.

Genetically from Minnesota, but grew up in a Navy family, so lived all around the US with all sorts of accents.

Posted by: Aliesha at June 3, 2004 5:00 PM

Carra-mill, also from NZ, except when encased with cholate, in which case carra-mel-o.

Posted by: Jessica at June 3, 2004 10:22 PM

I meant chocolate - i was not trying to start a debate about the pronounciation, im just a bad speller.

Posted by: Jessica at June 3, 2004 10:29 PM

KAH RAH MEL. This is what surveys are for sir.
South Africa

Posted by: Robert Maeder at June 5, 2004 11:57 AM

Kara-mel!
England

Kar-mel sounds like someone's name...

Posted by: Andy at June 5, 2004 3:56 PM

Another one from Australia - I have never heard anyone here say anything but KARR-U-MUL (like the first syllable in 'carry'), unless they're quoting Stimpy - "Carmelly, carmelly, corny-corn!!"

Up until a few years ago I thought there was actually a different word, spelt 'carmel'...

Posted by: HolyFlurpingShnit! at June 5, 2004 11:27 PM

Because I am an evil southerner, I pronounce it "Keh-ruh-mul". The ruh part is very quiet and abrupt so it sounds more like "ker-mal".

Posted by: GJ at June 7, 2004 1:25 AM

KARA-mul or KARA-mel, but NEVER KAR-ml. However, let us not forget that when it's custardized, it's Creme kara-MELLE. (For the record, KARA rhymes with Farrah NOT Laura)

And this, of course, is bringing up my own personal struggle with ca-RIBB-ean vs. ca-ribb-E-an.

Born & raised in New Orleans (OR-lunz)

Posted by: Wendy at June 7, 2004 2:42 PM

I haven't seen anybody from Poland. In Polish caramel it's spelled Karmel...and read the same way, with every letter pronounced. So KAR-mel

Posted by: Fantasy Football at June 7, 2004 5:26 PM

PO-TAY-TOE

Posted by: g. digital felx at June 7, 2004 8:44 PM

"CARM" - and "UL" - two syllables, emphasis on the first sylable. Grew up in midwest - Michigan.

Posted by: Angie at June 8, 2004 1:29 PM

i say it KARA-MEL and im from nova scotia canada

Posted by: kolter at June 8, 2004 8:53 PM

Butterscotch.

Problem solved.

Posted by: Becky_Sharp at June 9, 2004 12:23 PM

The problems are only beginning if you think two great tastes like caramel and butterscotch are one and the same...

Kara-mel for me - Nashville, Tennessee. Although my wife and I get in debates every time *I* say the word, because (being from Michigan) she says it without the "a" - Kar-mul.

Posted by: Scott Dye at June 11, 2004 11:08 AM

ka-ram-EL. clearly.

michigan.

Posted by: fonetics_r_fun at June 12, 2004 10:58 AM

Ca-rah-mel
England...

Posted by: Simon at June 12, 2004 5:02 PM

Actually, I've heard it pronounced differently depending on what one is referring to:

Square caramel candies (like the one pictured above) are Car-muls.

The caramel filling inside candy bars (like Twix) is Cara-mel.


I'm in Las Vegas, NV.

Posted by: Cap'n Curry at June 13, 2004 3:02 AM

KAR-mul, Seattle/Tacoma region, where it's "pop" and uh-loo-mihn-uhm, too.

Posted by: Ann at June 15, 2004 4:26 AM

I've always heard people say "care-a-mel" but i'm from new orleans (not n'awlins no one says it like that here, believe me, its more like new orluns) and we tend to say things differently here. like gawd instead of god. wuhdah instead of water. which makes me ask.... is it pee-can or pe-cahn? i say pe-cahn

Posted by: Liz at June 16, 2004 9:53 AM

KARA-MEL - I'm from Australia.

I might just say it really bugs me when Americans say CAR-MUL. That is just ridiculous.

Posted by: Petstarr at June 17, 2004 1:27 AM

I am from the South and I think I am speaking for all Southerners when I say we pronounce it....

'care-a-mel'

Say it long...draw it out...make it chewy...just like the candy!

Posted by: Leigh at June 17, 2004 12:17 PM

We (my family) pronounce it Caramel, as in, Cara- short "a" sound, and mel, as in, mel. We're from central Jersey, where you'd expect lots of slang and mispronunciation. Then again, we're considered "uppity" or arrogant, for the fact that we like to enunciate properly.

Posted by: George at June 22, 2004 12:45 AM

I can't figure out how I say it when I'm not thinking about it. I know when I order a Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks, I say CAR-mul. I live in Northern California.

Hey Rachel? There's a suburb in the Boston area named "Worcestershire" and the locals call it "WOO-sta" (first syllable pronounced like wood with no D). It's funny how we bastardize words.

There are a lot of almond orchards here, and there's debate about the pronunciation of "almond." Am(like the -am- in family)-end, Ah-mend, or All-mend.

Posted by: Shylah at June 27, 2004 1:27 PM

I say both Kar-mel, and kara-mel. I say kar-mel when i dont feel like sounds sophisticated, when i'm with an informal bunch, however, i strictly say kara-mel when conversing with an important individual ^_^

Posted by: Erika at June 28, 2004 3:22 PM

I'm from missouri. teehee

Posted by: erika, again at June 28, 2004 3:23 PM

Here in North Carolina, we (including me) say 'kar-mul'. I'm orginally from Georgia & it seems it was pronounced 'kar-mul' there too.
By the way, butterscotch & carmel are 2 different things.

Posted by: Peaches at June 30, 2004 2:00 AM

Orange is another word that people say different. Some say it with 1 syllable & others say it with 2 syllables- sort of like 'are-range'. I've heard some people say it like it starts with the letter 'e'.

Posted by: Peaches (again) at June 30, 2004 2:07 AM

Kar-mul. Bay Area, CA

Posted by: Amber at July 1, 2004 10:54 AM

I'm from North Carolina too, always have been, and everyone I know says it KARA-MEL. My wife's family is from New York and Philly, and they say it many different ways.. too much to post here.

Posted by: Bri at July 3, 2004 8:34 AM

according to the dictionary

Pronunciation: 'kär-m&l; 'kar-&-m&l, -"mel

the way i see it...
kar-mel= po white trash caramel.

kar-e-mel= gormet.

maybe thats why all the fancy pants brits say kar-e-mel and all the trashy filthy americans say kar-mel.

Posted by: QT at July 14, 2004 4:58 PM

This is thread is now getting a bit old hat, but i figure its still got some way to run.

In answer to the original question most, if not all English people would refer to the substance as Kara-mel. The first a being pronounced as a forced contracted A and the second as either another forced contracted A or a muted contracted E (as "uh").

As its origin and pronunciation have been previously stated, i will not repeat them again. Sufficed to say the previous comment (by QT) is probably quite accurate (although i wouldnt have chosen quite that description).

On the other issues raised, my pronunciation is as follows:
AL-YOU-MIN-EE-UM (metal)
PEE-CAN (nut)
LOO-EE-VIL (city)
SIRU'P (sweetener)
CA-RA-BEE-AN (island)
CAN-TA-LOOP (melon)
PARA-SET-A-MOL (medical drug)
ORE'N-Dz(j) (fruit)
PASTA (italian food stuff)
KAh (vehicle - automobile)
KAh-SE'L (building)
LON-Dz(j)E-RAY (underware)

JELLY is a desert, not a spread, that would be JAM. And no i do not mean JELLO i mean JELLY.
PANTS are underware and not another word for TROUSER(S)
CROWNS are many things but not CRAYONS, an these may be wax colouring sticks or pencils.

And, if you hadn't guessed already, i am British. Man there's a lot of posts here (and little to no consensus)

Posted by: Darren Robinson at July 15, 2004 2:56 PM

In Montreal we say Kara-mel and Kara-mellllle - depending on how much of it you have in your mouth and oh yeah, if you're French.

Posted by: Cat at July 27, 2004 2:42 PM

I am from Florida and I say "kara-mul" and I agree with other people's posts that kara-mel sounds hoity toity. And karmul makes you sound dumb...like my boyfriend who says "crowns" instead of crayons. idiots.

Posted by: Melissa at July 29, 2004 7:52 PM

its Kar-mul.
thats how everyone in Iowa says it, and everyone on television talks like they are from Iowa, because we dont have an accent. Karra-mel is like saying Dee-vie-ant instead Dee-vee-ant.

Posted by: shawn at July 30, 2004 8:29 AM

I believe people are pronounceing this with there mouths full of C-----MELS,but as long as people know what you are talking about who cares how it is pronounced.

Posted by: BILL at August 10, 2004 6:37 AM

I've always had a tendency to bridge the gap when it comes to matters like these. I tend to say car (automobile) a (uh) mel (melvin minus the 'vin')

Posted by: Sofar at August 17, 2004 4:03 AM

(Easterner moved to California)

Here in La-la land I say care'-uh-mel. If you say Car-mel people'd think you're talking about the city up above Big Sur.

The other pronunciation I've used just to screw with people's heads is: car'mul (stress on first syllable).

But don't call it toffee...

Posted by: littlemrmahatma at August 18, 2004 3:18 PM

I say it both ways....kar-mul corn and kara-mel filled candies....really just depends on the words around it (the being pronounced 'thee' and 'thuh')

Posted by: kyle at August 19, 2004 8:21 AM

whoops. I'm from the burbs of chicago.

Posted by: kyle at August 19, 2004 8:22 AM

I say car-mul, Im from Monterey California, I also say cran's instead of crayon's
(cray-on)...that is yet another mystery that needs to be explored

Posted by: Mallory at August 19, 2004 4:38 PM

I'm from Cleveland, Ohio, and my family has
always said kar-mul, but then we also said
poin-set-ta instead of poin-set-ti-a.

Posted by: Susan at September 3, 2004 10:57 PM

I read through ALL of these posts (damn!, this is some good shit, bro) and somehow still feel the need to add my bit.

CAR-mul
CAR-mul-ized

car-MEL is the town in No.CA

SF, CA

Posted by: Nak at September 4, 2004 2:42 AM

Duh! It's KARA-MEL, of course! Ya know that candy bar, Caramello? Sure would sound stoopid as the CARMULO. :)

I'm from South FL, but my mom was from Boston and made us say it right (the other was too southern for her, just like ANT instead of AUNT). And we had a neighbor named Carmel, whose nephew called her ANT CORMA. I so confused!

Posted by: Kate at October 11, 2004 7:51 PM

If it's burnt milk-and-sugar, it's CARAMEL.

If it's a mountain in Israel, a title of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary, or a city south of San Francisco, it's CARMEL.

Posted by: Mae at October 14, 2004 3:42 PM