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05-01-2003, 06:34 PM
I have to ask you all how you pronounce vegan. I was speaking to someone the other day who at least knew what I was talking about when I told him that I was vegan, but told me that I was mispronouncing it. Maybe I have been wrong for 14 yrs!
Anyway, I have always said v-ee-gan with 'hard' e. I have ocassionally heard someone say v-ay-gan with the e pronounced and a 'hard' a, but always thought that they were both acceptable. No one ever told me that I was wrong in Berkeley when I lived there.
So, what do you all call yourselves & is one pronunciation more right than the other?
05-01-2003, 08:46 PM
I have always pronounced it v-ee-gan. I know v-ee-gan or vay-gan are acceptable, but I've even heard people vall it vejan with the "j" pronounced with a hard "g" sound. That I know is incorrect, by Webster's dictionary. That's my 2 cents!
05-01-2003, 08:59 PM
When people say vay-gun I say, "No, we're not from Vegas."
I pronounce it Vee-Gun, and I believe that is the correct way. I would check the Vegan Society website. They'll know.
05-02-2003, 05:12 AM
People in the UK tend to pronounce it VEE-GAN (although you can hardly hear the 'A' between the 'G' and the 'N'). I have heard Americans pronounce it differently though.
05-02-2003, 06:37 AM
Well, I am glad to hear that I am not a complete dunce :)! I was feeling a bit stupid & was wondering how I was going to explain my new pronunciation to my family after I had been telling them that I was was v-ee-gan for so long.
05-02-2003, 07:24 AM
You have my vote for v-ee-gan with a barely noticeable "a" in the second syllable (I believe they call that sound the "schwa" or something if I recall first grade grammar!?? maybe?). My parents keep calling me vaygan & it just sounds wrong. Besides, they pronounced it v-ee-gan on the Simpsons, so it must be right, right? :)
05-02-2003, 12:40 PM
I'm on board with veegan too! But I started out mis-pronouncing both tempeh and quinoa and my husband still grumbles when I say them correctly!!
05-02-2003, 01:00 PM
So how do you pronounce tempeh and quinoa then?
And what about tofu - I've heard it pronounced as toh-foo and toe-foo, which is correct?
05-02-2003, 04:09 PM
This is how I pronounce things
Vegan-veegan (I think the vay-gan comes from vegetarian, where vegan comes from)
Quinoa-keen-wah (that pronunciation is from a magazine)
But I could be wrong.
05-02-2003, 04:55 PM
Duckie is right as far as I'm concerned.
05-03-2003, 12:39 AM
Thanks for the pornounciations, I didn't have a clue how quinoa was pronounced before!
How is tofu pronounced?
05-03-2003, 06:48 AM
Tofu is pronounced "toe-foo"
05-06-2003, 09:36 AM
i think that is a better way to spell the pronunciation. just my idea.
05-08-2003, 07:41 AM
how bout seitan then? (that sweet wheat meat...)
i prefer to say it like satan...freaks people out. :) but i think it's correctly say-TAN or some such thing. anyone gonna begrudge me my fun? ;)
05-26-2003, 05:39 AM
Hey!!! I'm from way down south..lol..you know..that southern drawl and all..lol I pronounce it v-A-gun ;) remember..I'm from the south! <grin>
05-26-2003, 06:45 AM
i pronouce Vegan as vee-gun.....
Just to mess things up a little...sometimes i hear people pronounce tofu as ta-ow-fu...that's the chinese dialect pronounciation of it... ;)
07-29-2003, 07:00 PM
I've heard seitan pronouned "say-ton" mostly.
My friend saw a T-shirt she said she wants to get me:
"I worship seitan"
I think I'd be too embarrassed to weat it ...love seitan though.:p
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