My children would like me to document here, for the world to know, that I say the word “crayon” funny, despite the fact that I deny it vigorously.
They all agree that the word “crayon” is a two-syllable word that sounds like “cray-on.” Meanwhile, I apparently say “cran,” like, my son says, the first syllable in “cranberry.”
I personally don’t hear any difference between the way I say it and they way they say it, which is, apparently, hilarious. I have run into this before, as we have a friend who pronounces bagel like “baaag-el” instead of “bay-gle” which is clearly wrong, but he doesn’t hear it at all. So I suppose it is possible. Also possible: I’m right, everyone else is wrong, stuff it.
My husband also, according to them, says “cran” instead of “crayon” and so they grew up thinking this was a legit way to pronounce the word (IT IS THE ONLY WAY, THANK YOU) and are already planning years of therapy to deal with the horror of finding out, just a couple of years ago, that the whole world says this word in two-syllable format (THEY CLAIM) and thus all of us Turtleheads have been running around sounding like uneducated muffins for years (IT’S THEM, NOT US).
I already have spent years trying to convert to saying “coo-pon” instead of “cue-pon” for coupons, which is a very Cambridge thing (that’s where I’m from) and you know what? It’s frankly not worth it. I told the kids I am not going to bother to change to cray-on and that furthermore, I am reverting back to cue-pon, because I have better things to do with my time, and also I AM RIGHT AND THEY ARE WRONG.