Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton
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Poll on pronunciation of "macadamia" (the nut): input from Australians appreciated

So, this morning I was at my favourite Subway and bought some cookies: two chocolate chip and one white choc macadamia.

I pronounced it "mack-a-DAY-mee-a" and the lady behind the counter (Michaela, whom I've mentioned before) corrected me to "mack-a-DAH-mee-a". I said, fine, since we're in Germany, I'll pronounce it the German way if she prefers. She says it has nothing to do with whether we're speaking German or English: the nut comes from Australia, and there they pronounce it "mack-a-DAH-mee-a" in English, too.

I'm skeptical and so I thought I'd make a poll. If you're not Australian but know someone who is, please feel free to point them here; I'd like as many responses from Australians as possible.

Oh, and I'm mainly concerned about the pronunciation of the "macadamia" part; if, say, the bit before or the bit after sounds different in your pronunciation than what I've written down, please ignore that and pick the option which matches your pronunciation of the "-dam-" bit. Thanks!

Poll #549066 macadamia

I'm from Australia and I pronounce "macadamia"

mack-a-DAY-mee-a (rhymes with "day")
114(98.3%)
mack-a-DAH-mee-a (rhymes with "bra" or "ah")
0(0.0%)
mack-a-DAM-ee-a (rhymes with "dam" or "damn")
1(0.9%)
some other way
1(0.9%)

some other way?

I'm not from Australia and I pronounce "macadamia"

mack-a-DAY-mee-a (rhymes with "day")
109(96.5%)
mack-a-DAH-mee-a (rhymes with "bra" or "ah")
2(1.8%)
mack-a-DAM-ee-a (rhymes with "dam" or "damn")
1(0.9%)
some other way
1(0.9%)

some other way?

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