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2013-09-09 11:36:32 PM
There's more than one way to say it?
I was not aware of this.
 
2013-09-09 11:38:12 PM
I have an ongoing argument withy wife... How do you say "interesting"?
 
2013-09-09 11:48:56 PM

SilentStrider: There's more than one way to say it?
I was not aware of this.


I believe the two ways would be:

Puh-JAM-uhs
Puh-JAHM-uhs

Obviously the former is correct.
 
2013-09-09 11:49:33 PM

SilentStrider: There's more than one way to say it?
I was not aware of this.


puh jaw muhs
puh jammas
py jaw muhs
py jammas
pee jays
 
2013-09-09 11:51:12 PM

Lorelle: py jaw muhs
py jammas


No one says these. Come on.
 
2013-09-09 11:51:44 PM
Better call the whole thing off.
 
2013-09-09 11:53:43 PM

DamnYankees: Lorelle: py jaw muhs
py jammas

No one says these. Come on.


You haven't met any British expats, have you?
 
2013-09-10 12:16:23 AM
Huh, I didn't realize that mischief night was a regional thing.
 
2013-09-10 12:26:10 AM
Sneakers vs tennis shoes is apparently another sharply divided one.  I figured everyone said sneakers for the most part.
 
2013-09-10 12:37:37 AM
Pieja-MAHS
 
2013-09-10 12:48:27 AM
I like how nearly half of all Bostonians know that "THE city" is New York City; and of those not aware of this fact, they're split about 50-50 between people who think "the city" is Boston and people who think it refers to some other (inherently inferior) city.
 
2013-09-10 12:55:34 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Sneakers vs tennis shoes is apparently another sharply divided one.  I figured everyone said sneakers for the most part.


Tenny shoes.

RodneyToady: Pieja-MAHS


To be honest, I've never heard anyone say that...the Brits I know spell it "pyjamas," but pronounce it more like pih-jaw-muhs.

/forgot puh jammers
 
2013-09-10 12:56:05 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Sneakers vs tennis shoes is apparently another sharply divided one.  I figured everyone said sneakers for the most part.


Nope, tennis shoes here. It's almost like people from different parts of the country have different regional pronunciations and phrases. Here, we call a sliding door a doorwall.
 
2013-09-10 01:08:33 AM

Abacus9: TuteTibiImperes: Sneakers vs tennis shoes is apparently another sharply divided one.  I figured everyone said sneakers for the most part.

Nope, tennis shoes here. It's almost like people from different parts of the country have different regional pronunciations and phrases. Here, we call a sliding door a doorwall.


Yeah, I'm aware of regional terms, I just didn't realize that was one of them.  I've lived in several states, but according to the graph every area I've lived in since I was old enough to use the term has been in 'sneaker' territory.
 
2013-09-10 01:18:56 AM

Lorelle: RodneyToady: Pieja-MAHS

To be honest, I've never heard anyone say that...


Oh god, I hope not.  I was trying to come up with the most ridiculous pronunciation I could think of.
 
2013-09-10 01:26:12 AM
If you're white and you're wearing pajamas in North Carolina, you don't need an ID to vote.
 
2013-09-10 01:34:42 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Abacus9: TuteTibiImperes: Sneakers vs tennis shoes is apparently another sharply divided one.  I figured everyone said sneakers for the most part.

Nope, tennis shoes here. It's almost like people from different parts of the country have different regional pronunciations and phrases. Here, we call a sliding door a doorwall.

Yeah, I'm aware of regional terms, I just didn't realize that was one of them.  I've lived in several states, but according to the graph every area I've lived in since I was old enough to use the term has been in 'sneaker' territory.


Oh, sorry. I was surprised a couple years ago when I found out people in Wisconsin call a drinking fountain a "bubbler".
 
2013-09-10 03:42:20 AM
Roof and root use the "foot" vowel, room and broom use the "food" vowel. Also, a rummage sale is only a garage sale if it occurs in a garage. Otherwise, it's a rummage sale.

Abacus9: Here, we call a sliding door a doorwall.


You're making that up.
 
2013-09-10 04:16:46 AM

Lukeonia1: Roof and root use the "foot" vowel, room and broom use the "food" vowel. Also, a rummage sale is only a garage sale if it occurs in a garage. Otherwise, it's a rummage sale.

Abacus9: Here, we call a sliding door a doorwall.

You're making that up.


Why would I make it up? We also don't call it a rummage sale unless it happens in a church. If it happens in your yard it's a yard sale.

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2013-09-10 05:11:58 AM
might be even more interesting with a breakout of income group and or politics

as in
  who actually wears pajamas?
 
2013-09-10 05:12:56 AM
At least let's all agree that American English is superior to whatever the hell they are speaking in Britain.

I spent a week in Manchester. I probably understood 10% of what was said to me.
 
2013-09-10 05:14:09 AM
Mental Floss did a great piece about regional slang a week or two ago.
 
2013-09-10 05:14:19 AM
Alex, I'd like, "Clothing fat people should not wear to the grocery store, for $500 please."
 
2013-09-10 05:14:48 AM
P'jamas (rhymes with gamma). The first syllable is slurred so much there's almost no vowel sound.

Also, just jammies (like jam). Or PJs.

/from So Cal, but family comes from all over. I have idioms from all walks of life.
 
2013-09-10 05:18:08 AM
My wife and I just call them '"J's" as in 'jays'. Meaning our usual t-shirt/boxers(her), t-shirt/shorts(me).
 
2013-09-10 05:24:37 AM

robohobo: My wife and I just call them '"J's" as in 'jays'. Meaning our usual t-shirt/boxers(her), t-shirt/shorts(me).


kk good point - i had this image of long pants and long sleeve flannel
 
2013-09-10 05:25:18 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: At least let's all agree that American English is superior to whatever the hell they are speaking in Britain.

I spent a week in Manchester. I probably understood 10% of what was said to me.


Which American English? There's plenty of it in the South and Northeast that makes no sense to me.
 
2013-09-10 05:28:20 AM

DigitalCoffee: Alex, I'd like, "Clothing fat people should not wear to the grocery store, for $500 please."




No one should wear pjs in public. Along with sweatpants, and sleeping pants. Also slippers, flip flops and socks with sandles are a no-no
 
2013-09-10 05:29:15 AM
Jammies.
 
2013-09-10 05:29:23 AM

Abacus9: AverageAmericanGuy: At least let's all agree that American English is superior to whatever the hell they are speaking in Britain.

I spent a week in Manchester. I probably understood 10% of what was said to me.

Which American English? There's plenty of it in the South and Northeast that makes no sense to me.


Wicked pissah!
 
2013-09-10 05:29:42 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: DigitalCoffee: Alex, I'd like, "Clothing fat people should not wear to the grocery store, for $500 please."

No one should wear pjs in public. Along with sweatpants, and sleeping pants. Also slippers, flip flops and socks with sandles are a no-no


if you saw my feet, you would be asking please for socks
 
2013-09-10 05:34:26 AM

DamnYankees: SilentStrider: There's more than one way to say it?
I was not aware of this.

I believe the two ways would be:

Puh-JAM-uhs
Puh-JAHM-uhs

Obviously the former is correct.


That one
/also, Pop!
 
2013-09-10 05:34:34 AM

bindlestiff2600: Mid_mo_mad_man: DigitalCoffee: Alex, I'd like, "Clothing fat people should not wear to the grocery store, for $500 please."

No one should wear pjs in public. Along with sweatpants, and sleeping pants. Also slippers, flip flops and socks with sandles are a no-no

if you saw my feet, you would be asking please for socks


Socks are not the problem, it's the idea that they somehow go with sandals. If you can wear socks, you can wear some sort of shoe.
 
2013-09-10 05:41:21 AM

SilentStrider: There's more than one way to say it?
I was not aware of this.


Ditto.

I was also amazed when I discovered the controversy on how to pronounce 'pecan'. (Apparently peck-ann vs pee-can.)


b2theory: I have an ongoing argument withy wife... How do you say "interesting"?


Um...is there even more than one way, or is this some sort of joke I don't get?
 
2013-09-10 05:41:49 AM
As this was an NC State survey, the correct pronunciation was determined to be "per-JAY-mers".
 
2013-09-10 05:43:31 AM

Peki: P'jamas (rhymes with gamma). The first syllable is slurred so much there's almost no vowel sound.

Also, just jammies (like jam). Or PJs.

/from So Cal, but family comes from all over. I have idioms from all walks of life.


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of N'awlins.
 
2013-09-10 05:44:52 AM
bowie's funny, there's a splotch in texas and just a spec on bowie md
 
2013-09-10 05:45:05 AM

Nidiot: SilentStrider: There's more than one way to say it?
I was not aware of this.

Ditto.

I was also amazed when I discovered the controversy on how to pronounce 'pecan'. (Apparently peck-ann vs pee-can.)


b2theory: I have an ongoing argument withy wife... How do you say "interesting"?

Um...is there even more than one way, or is this some sort of joke I don't get?


Some say in-ter-est-ing. Some say 'intres-ting' Laziness of speech, that's all.
 
2013-09-10 05:47:00 AM
jimmy jams

but surely just old men and kids wear them?

i have a very nice blue and white striped pair, but they're just for when im poorly and feeling sorry for myself
 
2013-09-10 05:52:22 AM

Nidiot: bindlestiff2600: Mid_mo_mad_man: DigitalCoffee: Alex, I'd like, "Clothing fat people should not wear to the grocery store, for $500 please."

No one should wear pjs in public. Along with sweatpants, and sleeping pants. Also slippers, flip flops and socks with sandles are a no-no

if you saw my feet, you would be asking please for socks

Socks are not the problem, it's the idea that they somehow go with sandals. If you can wear socks, you can wear some sort of shoe.




That's what I was meaning.
 
2013-09-10 05:54:24 AM
puh-Yahm-uhs
 
2013-09-10 05:56:39 AM
Puh-JAM-ahs, P.J.s or just Jammies.

Puh-JAWM-ahs is just pretentious. Sounds like you're trying to be from Boston or something.
 
2013-09-10 06:12:28 AM

Abacus9: AverageAmericanGuy: At least let's all agree that American English is superior to whatever the hell they are speaking in Britain.

I spent a week in Manchester. I probably understood 10% of what was said to me.

Which American English? There's plenty of it in the South and Northeast that makes no sense to me.


All of it, in aggregate.
 
2013-09-10 06:15:19 AM

Nidiot: how to pronounce 'pecan'. (Apparently peck-ann vs pee-can.)


peh(as in meh) khan(or con)
 
2013-09-10 06:15:46 AM
It's pronounced "naked"
 
2013-09-10 06:18:23 AM

Nidiot: I was also amazed when I discovered the controversy on how to pronounce 'pecan'. (Apparently peck-ann vs pee-can.)


Puh-cahn.

AverageAmericanGuy: Abacus9: AverageAmericanGuy: At least let's all agree that American English is superior to whatever the hell they are speaking in Britain.

I spent a week in Manchester. I probably understood 10% of what was said to me.

Which American English? There's plenty of it in the South and Northeast that makes no sense to me.

All of it, in aggregate.


That makes as much sense as you railing against British English. Southern American English and Bostonspeak are about as similar as Manchester English and Midwestern English.
 
2013-09-10 06:21:40 AM

Abacus9: AverageAmericanGuy: Abacus9: AverageAmericanGuy: At least let's all agree that American English is superior to whatever the hell they are speaking in Britain.

I spent a week in Manchester. I probably understood 10% of what was said to me.

Which American English? There's plenty of it in the South and Northeast that makes no sense to me.

All of it, in aggregate.

That makes as much sense as you railing against British English. Southern American English and Bostonspeak are about as similar as Manchester English and Midwestern English.


Complete sense. Thanks for backing me up.
 
2013-09-10 06:26:26 AM
The only time I have ever heard of a different renunciation of Pajama was from a nurse friend of mine. She was working maternity and was taking the name of the newborn for the birth certificate and the new mother was saying her new daughters name as "Pag-uh-mu" She asked her how to spell it and she grabbed a gift bag next to the bed and pulled out a piece of baby clothing in a clear plastic bag marked PAJAMA and said Pag-uh-mu and she pointed at the name.
She was pronouncing the J as a g like sag and the As like Us in the word such (hope that makes sense?)
 
2013-09-10 06:27:29 AM
A significant percentage of those are just the difference between the formal pronunciation and the lazy form most people use. Though I was surprised a lot of people outside of television commercials say "CARE-uh-mel".
 
2013-09-10 06:28:19 AM
renunciation= pronunciation (damn spell-correct)
 
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