Pronunciation: tomato

Discussion in 'English Only' started by deslenguada, Dec 29, 2006.


What way are you prone to say it?

  1. to-ma-tou

  2. to-mei-tou

  3. both ways

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  1. deslenguada

    deslenguada Senior Member

    It can be pronounced two ways.

    Pronunciation: t&-'mA-(")tO; chiefly British, eNewEng, neVirginia, and sometimes elsewhere in cultivated speech -'mä-; chiefly Northern -'ma-

    Please check out how it sounds on (just in case you don't know)

    Why is it?
    I believe it doesn't happen to "potato", and except one letter it is almost the same word :confused: , any theory?
  2. SPQR Senior Member

    American English
    I might write them:


    From my experience, 99.9% of people say "may" - those who say "mah" are often just saying it just to be different.

    There may be regional differences in accent, even to the extreme of calling them "Maters" (recent movie named "Cars").

    There's even a song about it:
    Let's call the whole thing off

    Edit: I should have specified that my comments refer only to AE. Thanks .,,
  3. . 1 Banned

    Ferntree Gully
    Australian Australia
    I can not remember ever hearing tomayto spoken by an Aussie.

  4. Brits all say tomahto. :)

  5. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    The poll result will not yield anything that is not already clear.
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