June 23, 2008

Monday Morning Quiz

How do you pronounce:

- Root Beer? Is the accent on "root" or "beer?"

- Hong Kong? Is the accent on "Hong" or "Kong?"

- Coupon? Is it "que-pon" on "coo-pon?"

- Crayon? Is it "cran" or "cray-on?"

BONUS: That thing you put on your pillow to keep it from getting dirty. . .is it a pillowcase or a pillow sheet?

EXTRA DOUBLE BONUS: That kitchen/cooking supply store, is it Williams-Sonoma or Williams and Sonoma?

34 comments:

  1. ooh, I like these kind of quizzes. My answers are as follows:
    ROOT beer
    HONG Kong
    coo-pon
    Cray-on
    pillowcase
    and
    Williams-Sonoma

    I am curious to know your answers as well.

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  2. For me: ROOT beer, Hong KONG (but the two syllables are pretty much equal), coo-pon, cray-on, pillowcase, and Williams-Sonoma.

    What is the debate about the last one?

    Also, what is with people calling a drawer (it rhymes with "door," to me) a "draw"?

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  3. Root
    Hong
    Que-pon
    Cray-on
    pillowcase (I've never even heard of pillow sheet. What the?!?)
    Never heard of Williams or Sonoma.
    Drawer rhymers with door.

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  4. Mesa kid answers:

    ROOT beer
    hong KONG
    coo-pon
    cray-on
    pillowcase
    Williams-Sonoma

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  5. ROOT beer
    HONG Kong
    coo-pon
    cray-on (but M says crayn)
    pillowcase
    Willams-Sonoma (random fact: I worked there for a little while)

    This reminds me of when RA mentioned "ahnts" vs "ants" and I asked her about "pajahmas" vs "pajammas"

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  6. ROOT beer
    HONG kong (but they're pretty much equal)
    coo-pon
    cran
    pillowcase
    Ikea

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  7. ROOT beer
    Hong KONG
    "que-pon" on "coo-pon"--I honestly alternate between the two and don't know which I prefer
    CRAY-on
    Pillowcase. (And, I'm sorry, but pillowsheet is not a word.)
    Williams-Sonoma

    And do you call it "BYU", or "The BYU"?

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  8. ROOT beer
    HONG Kong
    coo-pon
    cran
    pillowcase (never heard of a pillow sheet?)
    Williams-Sonoma

    I wish I didn't say it cran because I know it's wrong but I can't help it!

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  9. ROOT Beer
    HONG KONG (I really think I accent both)
    que-pon
    Cray-on
    pillowcase
    Williams-Sonoma

    BONUS FOR YOU: I say milk not "melk"

    question that has been of debate recently with those of my aquaintance: is pee-Onies or peo-nies? (both sides argue that one is correct and the other not, but they don't agree to which!)

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  10. Root Beer I think I change depending on it's place in the sentence.

    According to my Chinese teacher, Hong Kong is ALWAYS pronounced HONG Kong.

    Coo-pon
    Cray-on (my next door neighbor growing up called them Crowns and I just never understood how that worked out)
    pillowcase
    and Williams-Sonoma.

    xox

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  11. My boss is probably wondering why I'm mutterint to myself, but here ya go...

    ROOT beer
    HONG Kong
    cooo-pon
    Cray-on
    pillowcase
    Williams-Sonoma

    Also, hi! I'm delurking:)

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  12. @Carly: It's PEE-uh-neez.

    Sincerely,
    The resident expert on word emphases.

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  13. I am definitely a cran girl. At least it is better than saying "cren" ewww. Also, who says pillow sheet? Weird.

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  14. I say ROOT beer, Hong Kong (neither syllable emphasized more than the other), queue-pon, cray-on, pillowcase and Williams-Sonoma. Here are two more: app-ricot or ape-ricot? Nordstrom or Nordstroms? And my answers: app-ricot and Nordstrom (it's always singular unless you're talking about more than one of the stores, people! Maybe it's a Seattle thing since they started here...)

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  15. ROOT beer
    Hong KONG
    Que-pon
    Cran (I know this is wrong, but I grew up saying it this way. I've also heard people say crown, and it bugs the heck out of me.)
    Pillowcase (never heard pillow sheet before)
    Williams-Sonoma

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  16. ROOT beer
    Hong Kong gets equal emphasis on each syllable.
    coo-pon, though I have been known to say que-pon on occasion.
    cran, but I have also heard it "crown," not sure how that works out.
    pillowcase, unless you're my grandma, then it's pyellowcase.

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  17. ROOT Beer
    Hong KONG
    Coo-pon
    Crown
    Pillowcase
    Williams-Sonoma

    I have a little of the South Balmer (Baltimore) accent-made famous in Hairspray-most of which was teased out of me (no pun intended)in elementary school.

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  18. Root
    Kong--but this is very slight. I think it just sounds like an accent on Kong because the K is more percussive.
    Que-pon
    Cray-on but that is because I used to say Crayn/crown and no one could understand what I was saying.
    Pillowcase--pillow sheet is lame because I have never heard of it.
    Williams-Sonoma

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  19. ROOT beer
    HONG Kong although almost equal
    Q pon
    CRAY on
    Pillowcase, but my grandmothers and older generations called them pillow slips. They were always embroidered with crocheted edges.
    Williams-Sonoma
    DROR - long o, almost 2 sylables

    And my personal pet peeves:
    Boise - BOY see not BOIZ ee
    (USDA) Forest Service not Forestry Service.
    Nevada - short a's not ahs (Janssen, if I am wrong, you may correct me on this.)
    Wash - wahsh not warsh
    Spokane - Spo can' not Spo cane
    Oregon - Or' e gun not Or e gone' (I used to live there.)
    Yakima - Yack' i mah not Yah keem' ma

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  20. My pronunciations are with Noelle.

    But you should NEVER say "The BYU" or "WalMarts" or "KMarts" or "Nordstroms" or "Ensuhn" (Ensign--it even has a pronunciation guide inside the cover). My grandmother says warsh for wash and bateet for petite.

    In Australia I picked up a-GAIN pronounced phonetically, not as A-gin. And it is Bris-bin, not Brisbane and Melbun not MelBORN

    This is fun. I think I've offended half the people in Northern Utah--which is probably the world's most shocking accent except for some places in the deep south.

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  21. Depends, and I'm not really sure why.
    Hong KONG
    que-pon
    cray-on
    pillowcase
    Williams-Sonoma (well, actually, WilliamSonoma)

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  22. ROOT beer

    Hong Kong - equal emphasis

    que-pon

    cray-on - people call it a cran?

    pillowcase

    "That kitchen/cooking supply store, is it Williams-Sonoma or Williams and Sonoma?"

    NO IDEA. It doesn't exist in Canada ;)

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  23. Root
    Hong
    Cue-pon
    Crayon (and I find cren and cran MUCH more detestable than crown)
    pillowcase- Who the heck says pillow sheet? That's absurd.
    Williams-Sonoma

    I generally hate discussion like these. Why am I participating?

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  24. ROOT beer
    HONG Kong
    que-pon
    cray-on
    pillow case
    williams-sonoma

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  26. Sorry, that was my deleted comment. I posted a correction to my original comment - only to add a couple more errors. (Blame it on a lousy summer cold.)

    Nevada - Neh vad (rhymes with cad, short a) duh

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  27. root
    hong
    que-pon
    cray-on
    Williams-Sonoma
    pillowcase

    I have never heard of a pillow sheet!

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  28. ha..Philip and I walked past a Williams-Sonoma in Phoenix on Friday and I said, "Man, it bugs me when people call it Williams and Sonoma."

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  29. I may as well give everyone the right answers, since I'm here:

    ROOT beer,
    HONG Kong
    Coo-pon
    Cray-on
    Pillowcase

    Williams AND Sonoma.

    I'm suprised how many people got it wrong.

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  30. Soda, that of which I can not have
    HONG Kong
    coo-pon
    Cran
    pillowcase (what's a pillow sheet?_

    And, Williams-Sonoma. Also called the place where my paycheck goes to live.

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  31. Just discovered your blog. Fantastic.

    ROOT beer
    Hong KONG
    COO-pon
    CRAY-on
    pillowcase
    William (no S) Sonoma

    Take my answers with a pich of salt though - I'm South African and my pronunciation is much closer to British English than Americanese

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  32. Well, I'm from Texas, so most of my answers were not given as options.

    Ahem.

    Ruit beer.
    Hawng Kawng.
    cue-pawn.
    pilla-case.
    and last, but not least,
    cray-an.

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  33. Ok, so it's Tuesday afternoon.

    ROOT beer
    HONG Kong
    que-pon
    Cray-on
    pillowcase (but also Lizzy's pilla case)
    and
    Williams-Sonoma

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