• http://www.thedinergirl.blogspot.com DinerGirl

    Are you kidding? Crayon pronounced “crown”? That’s how the white-trash trailer park kids in PA pronounced it when I was growing up. Do you pronounce the word “mayonnaise” [mow-NAISE]? What about “saying”? Is that [SOW-ing]?

  • http://www.businessfist.com vinsanity

    Minnesota weighing in … CRAY-ON.

    2 syllables.

    It rhymes with Rayon.

  • http://www.agirlandaboy.com leahkay

    As a descendant of polygamists myself, I grew up saying “cren.” But then I turned three and learned to read and have said “cray-on” ever since.

    My best story about pronunciation was in an English class at the U. Some girl raised her hand and asked the prof about the correct “pro-NOUNCE-iation” of a word. The poor professor tried hard to keep a straight face, but I–and many of my classmates–laughed openly because it was just too perfect.

  • UWSParent

    Why is it that you don’t allow for comments on your AlphaMom related posts? Very suspicious. I think it’s your subconcious way of convincing yourself that it’s OK to dance with the devil.

  • ItsMe

    It’s totally cran. I live near the Crayola factory, how can I be wrong?! CRAN!

  • UWSParent

    Oh – and it’s CRAY-ON. The word has two syllables.

  • tksinclair

    I’ve lived in many cities from Charleston, W.Va to Boston to Chicago to Malibu and from the mountains to the prairie to the ocean white with foam, God bless America it’s my Cray-ay-on.

  • HalfwayCrucified

    My best friend is a master at not only mangling pronounciation but not getting the right word to begin with. My favorite is when he talks about someone’s “self deficating sense of humor.”

    I know I should correct him but it’s so damn funny.

  • http://eyesaverted.blogspot.com/ Wicked H

    How can Elmo and Jon both be wrong?? Sorry Dooce.

  • http://lonesophist.com Trish

    I am a native Texan and I swear I am saying cray-on but am told it sounds like crown. Texans do the same thing with the word ‘oil.’ My mouth makes this change when it comes out to ohl. It’s one long syllable.

    And doesn’t everyone know that the actual word ‘crown’ has 2 syllables and ‘crayon’ only has one?

  • http://loveundromance.com/horror_romance alicia lynn

    wtf dude, it’s obviously cray-on. i don’t understand how you get ‘crown’ from crayon, and i’m sitting in a cafe right now, otherwise i would listen to the audio clip. crown? that’s fucking crazy!

    the one that always drives me crazy is when people say ‘bretts’ when they mean barettes. I’m always like, “hey, can i have one of those bar-ettes?” and my friends will say, “don’t you mean bretts?” it’s insane. look at how it is spelled! BAR-ETTES. now i just say ‘hair clip’ to avoid any confusion.

    also one time i read in one of those like, ‘mythbusting’ or whatever type of books- the kind that ‘debunk’ things that are generally considered common knowledge, there was a whole chapter on how people THINK they can hear the difference between stuff like “walk” and “wok” because they are picturing how it is spelled when they say it, but really they don’t actually HEAR the difference. unless you actually say “WALK” like, ‘walllllk’ which would be weird.

  • Claire Phipps

    I say CRAYUN… But then my opinion/pronounciation probably doesn’t count for much seeing as I don’t have a US accent.

    (I’m from England – an “Essex girl”, which means for the mostpart I talk in a strong Estuary English dialect… which is kind of like London Cockney, only its slightly slower, even less attractive and far more common…)

    Sounds great, doesn’t it?

  • typegirl

    New to dooce. Introduced via Squeaks site. I’ll vote for two syllables also. I’d have to say, however, that it isn’t only the Mormons who have problems pronoucing things. I think it a sad state-wide problem which I avoid like the plague.

  • Jessica May

    No no no. C – R – O – W – N is “crown”. C – R – A – Y – O – N is definitely “cray-on”. I speak with some authority on this subject as I am Canadian, and Canada is a constitutional monarchy. That means that the Queen is our head of state and as everyone knows, the proper way of speaking is to use the “Queen’s English”. Your head of state is George Bush. I don’t think it’s necessary for me to further elaborate on this point.

  • http://www.deserttrivia.blogspot.com Tanya

    Listen to any Crayola commercial and they clearly say, CRAY-ON. :-)

  • http://knit.vibegrrl.com vibegrrl

    Yea, it’s TOTALLY cray-on.

    Or, as my 3-year old niece says, “cray-non”

  • http://www.sheriguyse.blogspot.com Sheri Guyse

    Actually, in our house we call it colors.

    “Honey, get your colors and your Elmo colorin’ book.”

  • liz53

    Sorry Miss Heather, here is Bartleby’s (correct) pronunciation of crayon, as a two syllable word: http://www.bartleby.com/61/wavs/13/C0731300.wav

    I think that you must concede.

  • http://alithinks.typepad.com Alison

    It’s a cross between cray-on and cran. Really.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/ajordanolson Jordan

    Whoa. Hellooooooo accent. Sorry Heather, I definitely have to go with Jon on this one. It’s cray-on.

  • GC

    Jon is descended from polygamists? How many generations ago?

  • brandy

    Crayola Cray-ons.
    I honestly had to listen to that clip 4 times because I just couldnt believe that you really said crown instead of cray-on.

    Now if you could please put up a clip of you saying the words: aluminum, tuesday and saturday.

  • http://almost30.blogspot.com agnieszka

    It’s totally cray-on, but your accent is super hot.

    My husband Ben says “pin” and “pen” like they’re the same thing. He pronounces both of them “pin”. So then I have to ask him why he doesn’t call himself “Bin”.

  • HalfwayCrucified

    Aren’t there more pressing matters we could be talking about? I mean really. . .crayons?

    Could you post another picture of those shoes?

  • http://wordsend.org/ Vika Zafrin

    More! More sound clips! This is excellent fun.

    Even if you do mispronounce cray-on. :)

  • http://:plantain.blogspot.com plantain

    My mum says ‘restaurong’.
    My husband says ‘spere’ and ‘spincter’ and the most annoying of all ‘pom from’ instead of ‘palm frond’.

  • Amy

    Funnily enough, I was having a conversation about pronunciation and how it relates to different regions with my coworkers today. I’m from Baltimore, so perhaps my input isn’t the most reliable (we insert random R’s in places where they just do not belong!), but… “cray-on.” It’s right there in the spelling! And in the Crayola commercials!

    For the record, though, I do say “walk” with the L in full effect. I never even knew that it wasn’t supposed to be pronouned. Weird.

  • kerry

    ok, just to add my two cents: i’m from southern ohio, i say cray-on. but i also say a faint l in walk, talk, etc.

    i may part ways with other southern ohioans, though, when it comes to roof (rooooooof0, wash (wahsh), route (rowt).

    my hubby, who was born and raised in south wales says crayon, too. but then he says there’s a difference in the pronunciation of kerry and carrie. even when he says it i can hardly tell a difference, but it drives me nuts. as long as you spell my name correctly, i don’t care.

    and here’s something to throw out to all of you: does anybody pronounce protein pro-tee-in? my dad does this and it about drives me up the friggin’ creek! (not crick)

  • http://www.smoochdog.com smoochdog

    I think Jon wins this one. Someone else already referenced Mirriam_Webster. Now a dooce dictionary might be something worth considering.

    Cray-ON. Have a great one however you say it!

  • http://:plantain.blogspot.com plantain

    Then again I’m a fucking mess. Growing up in Ireland for the first eight years of my life means I say things like “I’m going to dress the bed, can you get the sheets out of the press. Then after that I’ll do a little hoovering. Would you like me to go up the town for your messages (groceries)”.
    Then living in Queensland, Australia till I was 21 means I talk like I’m a hurry. Everything is shortened in OZ eg this afternoon= this arvo and I still drop my r’s half the time, but now that I’ve picked up a Cali twang from being here for 9 years I’m all over the shop.

  • http://www.journeyingthroughit.squarespace.com Beverlee

    In Canada, Jon would be right on all counts.

  • http://www.eazarskeazar.blogspot.com ErinMqt

    Since about 10,000 people have already told you that it’s cray-on, I won’t tell you that I agree with them. I will just tell you that I am sorry about the Steely Dan Block Party. My dad (who was born in 1952) is a huge Steely Dan fan, and Steely Dan is the bane of my existence. Stay strong!

  • dancingnancy

    I also have issues with pronunciation. I told my husband just yesterday that he CANNOT teach our future children to say “woof” for “WOLF”. Woof is what dogs say, “WOLF” is, in fact, a wolf. Drives me nuts, along with “battries” (batt-er-ies) and “warshing machine” (washing machine. I won’t even get into my pet peeve of the infamous “libarry” and “eh-zackly” (exactly). Makes me dry heave……..

  • http://cherryblossomgirl.wordpress.com Nee

    I had a roommate from Cedar City, UT who pronounced the word poem as “poy” with an “m” on the end. My other roommate and I laughed hysterically seeing as we were raised and lived in the midwest, the only place in the country void of an accent. Unless you’re my relatives in the sticks of the midwest. Then you slap an “r” into words like wash=warsh. Like friggin nails on a chalkboard.

    Just be sure you educate Leta on the virtue of “oh my heck” and “fer fun” and “fer cute” so she can assimilate accordingly.

  • http://www.blurbology.com shanparker

    I’m with Jon.

  • katy66

    I was born in Northern Ohio and lived there until I was 11. Then I moved to Kentucky.

    Everyone I know claims I have the ugliest accent ever. Think Chicago Mid Western Accent meets Kentucky drawl.

    I say Cray-On, but I say wack, tack and chack.

    I should just mime.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/poontoast ash

    I live in Arizona where, yes, they also drop the T in everything, but they say cray-on.

    I’m from Wisconsin though, and I say bag and magazine funny, but still say cray-on.

  • Sunni

    Poor Heather, your readers (with the exception of GEORGE!) are rebelling against you.

    I am a big fan of the word crayon, which is pronounced cray-on. I love to say both of its syllables.

    I am an annuciation freak and simply can’t tolerate how some people kill the English language. Kind of like when my husband says punkin or birfday. Ugh, I even had trouble typing those words!

    I also have to agree that the Ls in walk, talk and chalk are not annunciated but are silent.

    And George!, groceries are what you BUY at the grocery STORE sweetie!

    However, WATER, is pronounced wooder. It’s a Philly thing. lol

  • ashley

    you don’t tak to someone, you don’t wak to the store, and you do not draw with chak.

    also wondering if my family is alone in this: does anyone add an ‘l’ to the word ‘both’? all of my brothers and sisters say ‘bolth’ and now that we’re in pennsylvania many a person has tried to correct us. if this is a familial oddity i’d appreciate knowing before i go to defend myself against these mobs of yankees and their ‘dictionaries’ once again.

  • http://www.byronedwards.com Byron

    Hi Heather, first time to comment – but just had to :)

    Cray-on – definitely :)



  • http://www.lisamulvey.com Lisa


    My husband and I argue over wolf, he says “woof” and iron, he says “i-ren”. My mother habitually embarasses me by saying Alvis Presley is her favorite singer and she banged her “albow” on the table…..

  • http://goingtothecountry.blogspot.com Territorial

    This Canadian pronounces it Cray-on eh!

  • http://hypermetamorphic.blogspot.com sasha

    This makes me wonder if you (and Leta and Jon) say pillow or pellow, milk or melk?

  • riot_siren

    I say CRAN, but I’m from Western New York (Rochester/Buffalo) and we extend our vowels until they sound like nasal, abstract sounds that stand apart from the word they belong to. A third of the state talks that way. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. ;-)

  • http://rhythmicinterchange.blogspot.com sravana


  • http://ohjoyohbliss.blogspot.com thejoyof

    I’m with Jon – cray-on. But I have to say your version fascinates me….

  • disneymike

    Jon is right. It is pronounced cray-on.

    See? Two syllables. Count them. One. Two. ;D

  • Hali

    I’m one of the mentioned Yankees who says “cran”. I’ve never heard it pronounced “crown”…

    And Public Enemy says “cray-on” in the song “Crayola”, so I think “cran” or “cray-on” is what’s right…

    and that’s coming from another English major…:)

  • http://verygeorge.com GEORGE!


  • Mack’sMom

    I’m sitting at my desk saying these words out loud! People have got to think I’m nuts!

    Sorry H. but I have to go with Jon here too…Cray-on. BUT…I think my Minnesoooota accent also gets in the way and I hear CRAY-ON in my head, but say CRAN.