Southerners are known for their sweetness, and so are Southern desserts. But if you're going to pay a visit south of the Mason-Dixon line, you'd best be sure you're calling our sweet treats by their real names.
Here are eight favorite treats that all y'all up north tend to mispronounce, fixed up real good with a guide for getting it right. And remember: Savor each of those vowels like a fine bourbon. We're in no hurry.
How y'all say it: PRAY-leen
How we say it: PRAWL-een
The sweets — and the pronunciation — should melt in your mouth. Just like the "a" in y'all.
How ya'll say it: am-BRO-zee-uh
How we say it: am-BRO-zhuh
Canned fruit, marshmallows, coconut, and whipped cream — what could go wrong? Nothing, as long as you say it right!
How y'all say it: Soda
How we say it: Coke
Yeah, it's confusing. Whatever you do, just don't call it pop!
How y'all say it: Big net
How we say it: ben-YAY
Emphasis on the "yay."
How y'all say it: CAR-muhl
How we say it: CAR-uh-muhl
As a rule of thumb, when in doubt, add a syllable. Which reminds us …
How y'all say it: moll-ASS-ez
How we say it: muuuhlaaahhhyyyyuhhsez
Take your sweet time.
7. Chocolate pie
8. Pecan pie
How y'all say it: PEE-can pie
How we say it: pee-KAHN pah
Please repeat after me: When you say PEE-can, you sound ridiculous.