(Closed) How do YOU pronounce "Italian?"

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How do you pronounce the word "Italian?"
    Italian : (352 votes)
    99 %
    Eye-talian : (4 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 16
    Member
    3307 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Here in NJ no one says Eye-Italian, probably because every third person here is Italian lol. Now I want Italian food…

    Post # 17
    Member
    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    My mother, born and raised in the Midwest, says EYE-talian. It drives me up an effing wall. I’ve tried the “It’s not called EYE-taly” argument, but nothing sticks.

    Post # 19
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    982 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    People say both here. And I’m pretty sure I say both too, neither of them seem odd to me. 

    Just as a side note – if people get offended over the pronounation of Italian, the memes are right. They is nothing you can say anymore without offending someone! In order to be politically correct these days you have to be mute  

     

    Post # 20
    Member
    1150 posts
    Bumble bee

    Some of my family says eye-talian.  Some of my family also says aye-rab, conversate, irregardless, heigth, and more….

    It is a futile act correcting them.  They do not care.  My husband and I make light by cracking jokes/doing imitations in our free time.    

    Post # 22
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    3396 posts
    Sugar bee

    I grew up surrounded by people who said “EYE-talian” and the correct pronounciation of “Italy” in one breath. Made no sense to me.

    Post # 23
    Member
    1065 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think it’s usually said in jest or is a southern/uneducated thing. I know I’ve siad it before just joking around but I also say “under-breller” instead of umbrella as an inside joke about a friend’s accent to my dh, I say eye-talian in the same way. Some people just have generally poor speech and don’t know the difference though which is sad…

    Post # 24
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    210 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Rafissch:  So southern is synonymous with uneducated? That in itself is a bigoted statement, as many southerners such as myself are both educated AND use the correct pronunciation of “Italian”.

    Post # 25
    Member
    1060 posts
    Bumble bee

    I say it more like A-talian.

    I live outside of Philly. 

    Post # 26
    Member
    1065 posts
    Bumble bee

    stinkeye42:  no, absolutely not. I am very southern and well educated myself and know the difference when it’s appropriate to use slang pronounciations and when it’s not. OP asked who/why someone would say italian like that and those are two (separate) viable options. An uneducated person may say it and a someone with a deep southern accent may also say it. They’re not mutually exclusive but definitely not synonymous, I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear in my response.

    Post # 28
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee

    Just asking… 

    Don’t Americans say “eye-rack” for Iraq? In that case I can see why people would say “eye-talian”. 

    FWIW, I say It-aly, It-alian and “Ir-ack”… But I’m English. 

    Post # 29
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    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    sankwa:  omg heyyyy! My dad is Crucian and I NEVER meet anyone else from there lol!

    Post # 30
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    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I know a couple of Italian-Americans who pronounce it ih-tal-yun. And that kind of irks me.

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