Let's fight over how to pronounce the word “pecan”

Pile of pecans
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I’m not going home for Thanksgiving this year, which means I probably won’t get to see any Midwesterners fight in turtlenecks. Still, I enjoy a brawl, which is why I was pleased to witness the chaos the American Pecan Council (APC) hath wrought via online poll. In honor of the impending pecan pie season, the APC posed a single chaotic query: how do you pronounce the word “pecan?” Specifically, are you team “PEA-can” or team “puh-CON”?


As an Ozarks native, I have mixed feelings on the proper pronunciation. I’m team “puh-CON,” but all of my drawling elders are team “PEA-can.” My dad, who hates pecans, just calls them “your mom’s nuts.” Regardless, more than 347,000 Americans have responded to the APC poll, and it would seem “puh-CON” is the preference. As of this morning, “puh-CON” was leading, albeit by a slim margin of a few percentage points.

It’s also worth noting that I was able to vote twice via incognito browser (once for each pronunciation, because I am a villain). With that in mind, the poll results may or may not reflect the values of the American people. If you’d like to make a case for team “PEA-can,” you still have a few hours. You can cast your vote on the official voting website until 5 p.m. CST today (Thursday, November 12). And if you don’t care to engage in nut phonics, you can always dive into our deep, delicious well of pecan recipes like this one.

Staff writer @ The Takeout, joke writer elsewhere. Wrangling dogs and pork shoulder in Chicago.



I like to incur the wrath of the masses and mash it together into a weird, nasally Michigander PEA-CON.

Best of both worlds.