• http://www.smallredsneakers.com MichelleM

    Ok, Twangy Twangerson. My hetero girly crush on you just increased tenfold (yes, tenfold) because of that audio clip. I may even start pronouncing it “crown” in your honor.

  • Scarlett

    As a beneficiary of a Tennessee childhood myself, I have to say… CRAY-on. Sorry.

  • http://www.hillbillyplease.com/blog/ jagosaurus

    “And here comes another southern vote for CRAY-on. If I could manage to insert a third strong syllable in there I would.

    Hmmmm … cuh-RAY-on? Nah. Nevermind.

  • http://mommy-brain.com Mommy-Brain

    Northern California girl checking in with CRAY-on, wok, tok, chawk. File me under never having even considered another way.

    The one that fascinates me, aside from woof (wolf), is foyer. Is it foy-yay, foy-YER, or FOY-yer?

    At least Leta will be considered bilingual, given that her parents speak two completely different languages!

  • carissa

    Heather, I think you’re super cool, and I say this with all due respect, do you REALLY think you have room to talk about other people and their accents???


  • Mack’sMom

    Do we need to discuss the word AUNT??

    It’s not ANT!!!!! You step on ANTS you hug your AUNT!

    You wouldn’t say “Hanted House,” you would say “Haunted House!”

    It drives me crazy!!!!!

  • VegasPete

    Yowzah! That’s hawt!

    Dooce, you should start a “southern-accent” fetish site, where you spell out the “Hot Word of the Day (TM)” for fun and profit.

    Each day, you pick a word, spell it, and (mis)-pronounce it. Big money! No whammies!

  • http://fyse.floatingface.com Fyse

    Oh dear god Heather. I can’t begin to tell you how wrong your pronunciation of crayon is. So, so, SO wrong. I think we need a recording of John saying it too, though. Perhaps you’re both way off, and Leta is completely screwed…

  • TiffanyAron

    I’m loving the fact that it took 55 posts for someone to ask about Jon’s polygamist ancestors.

    Heather, you’ve got a great husband, a fantastic little girl, and lovely pink shoes, but you and George! are wrong on this one. I’m a Kentucky girl, born and bred, and the word is “cray-on.”

  • Smark!

    Say it with me now….

    Cray-ola makes cray-ons!

  • Allison

    Sorry Heather, but you are utterly hopelessly embarassingly wrong. If you asked me for a crayon I would have no idea what to do, and would probably stare blankly at you. A crown? Like, from Burger King?

    Otherwise youre fabulous.

  • lbrum

    I think you may have made up a word and applied it to an object previously known as a cray-on. But I am a Yankee, so I’m probably just being ignorant.

  • kathrynaz

    egads. I think my upstate albany, ny accent is suspiciously mormon now. I too have pronounced glottal stops, mou”in being one of the worst offenders.

    But I have to weigh-in on this crown business. Jon is 100% right. (sorry….)

  • http://www.mymixedcompany.com Lynnlaw

    I think I just got a spanking. Ouch. I’m going to have to pack up my “crans” go up to my room and think about my mispronunciation.

  • http://threetimeloser.typepad.com Hazel Hazlett

    Colors or (phonetically spelled: kellers) to end the debate.

    CRAY-ON to keep the debate going.

  • Mack’sMom

    Hey moonrattled…if the English say everything right, we should be saying the SCH in SCHEDULE, instead of “SECDULE.” The English have butchered their own language too…

    I hate how people say ANT, when they are talking about their AUNT. There’s a “U” in their people!! You wouldn’t say HANTED HOUSE, you’d say HAUNTED HOUSE!

  • http://www.dustyclodfelter.blogspot.com Melanie

    Yankees are masterful at pronunciation. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

  • http://www.katieeverybody.blogspot.com Katie

    I’d say you were goofy for thinking it’s pronounced “crown,” but I’m one of those crazies who pronounce it “cran,” and I full well know it’s wrong, so I can’t really speak to that. My girlfriend is from the same hometown as I am, and she also calls it “cran.” This is a wonderful debate, though… a friend of mine used to tease me for saying the word “full” like “fool.” I insisted that I did no such thing, and that I was saying it the proper way. Then, the other day, I overheard a girl from Ohio (which is where I’m from) say “fool” when she meant to say “full,” and I was so ashamed.

    As a kid, I was always dismayed that living in Northeastern Ohio (Youngstown) came with absolutely NO ACCENT. I’d visit my cousins in Florida and be extremely jealous of how interesting they sounded. Even Cleveland, and hour west of me, sported folks with accents. I learned recently that the pronounciation editor of the 2nd edition of Webster’s in the 30s, John Kenyon, grew up in Northeastern Ohio, and he helped to make that dialect the standard American dialect. (http://www.newyorker.com/talk/content/articles/051114ta_talk_seabrook)

    I still don’t know why I was ever taught to say “crayon” like “cran.” That’s just plain stupid.

  • http://50books.blogspot.com Doppelganger

    I love listening to people debate accents. It’s so cute how everyone always thinks they’re right.

  • moonrattled

    I’d be more afraid of your sister than Jon, who pronounces words like Canadians do, and Canadians pronounce like the English, and the English have correct enunciation.

  • Lane Meyer


    I don’t disagree with you very often, Heather…in fact, this is the only time I can come up with that I don’t see your point of view…so I must be right…right?

  • http://www.dontsneezeintothefan.com Princess of Power

    Oh hell. I say Cran. It sure looks stupid written out though doesn’t it?

  • buttered & fried

    there is this writer clown
    who pronounces crayon, “CROWN”
    she also means to type “dude”
    but instead pecks out “dooce”
    at least she always turns my frowns upside-down

  • http://thehoneybunny.blogspot.com honey bunny

    i’m a new yorker and we say it with two syllables. CRAY-On. i lived in MA for 12 years, and many of the locals pronounce it with one syllable, but it sounds like CRANE. i’m not sure how people here in Mpls say it (since i’ve only been here 3 months), but i’m sure it ends with a “youbetcha!”

    but i have to admit, i’ve never heard it pronounced the way you say it!

  • iheartben

    Okay um… I have to admit I say “CRAN.” and if you look it up on merriam webster.com….. it says the two pronunciations are Cray-on and Cran. No mention of “crown” anywhere in the definition. Cran!

  • 6degrees

    Dude! (pronounced “Dood”, not “Deewd”) Crawn? Crown? I think if you loop you pronunciation of crown, I mean Crayon (pronounced Cray- On!!), you might sound like somebody trying to start their car which has run out of gas! By the way, Crayola is pronounced Cray- O- La, not, crowola, or Corolla, or Coca- Cola. BTW, I thought Utah was by Nevada and Colorado, not Tennessee and Alabama.

    In all reality, love the site and you guys. Just putting in my $.02, and siding with Blurb on this… Sorry…

  • scotchandgin

    CRAY-on. Sorry. For the record my state’s name is pronounced Orygun, not OR-A-GONE. Listen for Bush’s butchering if the English language in tonight’s address, if anyone can stand it.

  • http://brewerburns.blogspot.com Jennifer

    Cray-on. Say it with me now: Cray-on.

    But seriously? I would hate it if you started pronouncing crayon correctly. Incidentally, my husband teases me about saying “wooder” instead of “water.” It’s just the way marriage goes when you have two overly verbal people in it.

  • cassie_paige

    I must agree with Jon and say CRAY-ON. I usually don’t say it though and it’s more like “Hand me the pink before I break your fingers please.”

    Just kidding.

    Kind of.

  • jen

    I am from Florida (not something I am proud of, lol) and I say craaaan. As in, my mouth is too lazy to actually form the two distinct syllables of CRAY and ON (which would be correct), so instead the CRA part just goes on a few extra nanoseconds.

    Regardless, here is a shirt elucidating on this topic that you may enjoy :

  • http://www.bigcitysmallworld.blogspot.com Brian

    A “wok” is something you cook in. To take a wok would be stealing.

  • http://www.goodapple.blogspot.com goodapple

    CRAY-on… two sounds… not one…

    I’m from Canada, my husband is from Indiana… we both say CRAY-on. But your version sound so sweet!

    Hint: if you have to pause during the spelling of the word… it’s probably two syllables!

  • MeAhna

    Uh, I’m a “yankee”

    It is Cray-on. It is soo weird, because I hear a lot of people say we (Yankees) talk with an accent…..hahahaha!

  • lizneust

    Um, sorry Heather. My Dad’s from the deep south, my Mom’s from NY state near Canada, and I was raised in Baltimore. We ALL pronounce it cray-on.

    Of course, my father does refer to events like Katrina & Rita as HARRAH-canes, so he does brutalize the English language to some extent.

  • Madame M.

    You are a clever debater, but you Southerners are a generally obnoxious sort who have a sweet fixation — sweet tea and calling people “Sugar” and “Hon” for no reason being good examples. You also like to add extra syllables to things that do not ever need them –such as “no”– (Cray-on excepted, it seems) and you would like the world to believe that “y’all” is singular when it very clearly is plural.

    Anyhoo.. I agree with one of the comments above: more audio clips!! Do you also pronounce the L in “salmon”?

  • Msyvone

    I just noticed the “link” i included in comment 165, was not a “qwaldy” link.


    Ah hopes yinz injoys dat.

  • Allie

    Oddly enough, my husband and I are both native Alabamians, so we rarely have pronunciation spats. But, I have to disagree with you, Heather–the true southern pronunciation is definitely CRAY-YON. CROWN sounds suspiciously like you’ve done turned into a Yankee. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, hon.

  • http://maxgus.blogspot.com napangel

    OF COURSE it’s pronounced CRAY-on. Crown? CROWN?! What, are you hopped up on dope?!

    Enjoy the Steely Dan.

  • adelheide

    Have you considered that both pronunciations may be correct? I know that I have at different times used Crown and Cray-on and found both of them to be effective.

  • kellbee

    Well, I’ve had an interesting experience with that word, along with other words in the Redneckish English language. My mother grew up in Iowa. My dad grew up in Arkanas. My step mother grew up in various places, including the proper Southern Belle south and Alaska. I was born and rasied in Northern Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains. That creates for an interesting dialect. Now, in Tennessee, people always ask me if I’m from up North. I’m not sure what to take of that…but I degress.
    I started my younger years saying “crown”. But around 6, my stepmother forced me to say “Cray-on” She also make me say “Nap-Kin” instead of “Nat-kin”. And, by the way, praline, is pronounce PRA (like Bra)-lean. (This is an exact quote from my dad). When I got to college in west Tennessee, I was informed that I like to say “Bol-th” for both. And it should be pronounce “Bow (like Hair Bow) -th” Oh…God forbid you say ten and pen instead of Tiiiin and Piiiiiin. Geez whiz. It’s impossible to find a dialect with that many influences. OH. To top it all off, my first boyfriend (we know what kind of impression they can leave) was from North Dakota and insisted I say aunt like “aUNT” like Aussie. B/c Aussie is aussie, not assie. (again, exact quote.)
    The whole point is to communicate your thought. Who cares who you say it. But please, oh God, please, don’t teach your daughter the Tennessee way of saying forward. I had the hardest time understanding what people were saying with that one. It’s FOR-WARD, not “ford”.
    Love you so much dooce!

  • http://www.sanyasagar.com Sanya

    I say cray-on, kind of like how it’s spelled. ;) I’m from Canada, by the way, and I don’t say aboot.

  • http://www.omarphillips.net omar

    I’ve lived in this great country my entire life, and I’ve never known there was another way to say crayon. Other than the correct way of CRAY-ON, that is.

    Here I was thinking that the biggest regional debate was soda/pop/coke.

  • Kay

    I think Crown is really gross, though not nearly as gross as “melk”. That one’s the worst. So I’ll have to vote with the Cray-on side. However, when it comes to walk, talk, and chalk I agree with you, Heather. Walk, for example is totally pronounced like the word “wall” but add a k at the end. Wall-k. I’m from south of the Mason-Dixon line (Baltimore) but totally do NOT have a southern accent.

  • http://blueridgeblog.blogs.com Marie Freeman

    Here in the Blue Ridge mountains, I’ve heard it pronounced both ‘Crowns’ and ‘Ka-Rans’
    How do you say the word, ‘on?’ as in Please turn on the lights.

  • Renae

    Notorious … “Elmo says” oh my goodness, well that just settles it. Reminds me of one time in college talking to a friend who said “It’s true! I saw it on Sally Jessie Raffel!”

    And Ashley, here in California my family says “bolth” but the “l” sound is very soft, bolth, not bowl-th.

    It’s definately cray-on though.

  • utmr

    Grew up in Texas – never heard it called “cran” until my Chicago-bred MIL taught my daughter to call it that. I can’t get her to call it a cray-on to save my life. She also refuses to say ya’ll or fixin, and insists on prounouncing been like “bean”.

    How will my child ever survive in Texas if she can’t clean her clothers in the “warsher” before she puts them in the chester drawers? She also thinks that a pitcher on the wall is pronounced differently than a pitcher of (sweet) tea. Sheesh. Next thing she will tell me that Mary/merry/marry sound different, along with pin/pen and bury/berry/Barry.

  • Kren

    Born in Australia, teen years in Florida, now in the Northeast. It’s CRAY-on. But from my years in the South I also know for a fact that shit is a two-syllable word. I’m sure Heather would agree.

    Now, my DH, a Jersey boy, says ROON instead of ruin. He says WIT instead of with. I’m in a daily battle with him for the pronunciation soul of our daughter.

    Stone the flamin’ crows. (That’s FLAY-min)

  • http://jennyrebecca.typepad.com/ JennyRebecca

    Don’t forget caramel!! Is it CAR-mel or Care-A-mel!?!?

  • clarkolicious

    How can you hate CRAN? Do you not love gin&CRAN? or vodka&CRAN? It’s practically the same thing, only less delicious.

  • be OH be

    I grew up around Pittsburgh and we tend to mumble and mash our words up quite a bit. A lot of multisyllabic words become one long syllable. I say cray-on if I think about it but often it comes out as something like cren, cran, or even crane.
    After moving a away from the area and then attending college, I became more and more aware of the accent (we call it Pittsburghese).
    I still mispronounce (pronounce differently?) a lot of words in the midst of normal conversation when I’m not concentrating on it but if you specifically asked me what the correct pronounciation of the word is, I could probably tell you. I don’t mean to be too judgemental, but your insistence on that pronounciation seems like willful ignorance. You could spend the entire afternoon at your local library and never find a dictionary or pronounciation guide that would even come close to validating “crown”. That doesn’t make it wrong, but try explaining that to Leta’s immature classmates.

    This is a great discussion btw. Very enlightening.