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How do YOU say it?

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MawBroon Thu 14-Feb-19 08:17:00

It doesn’t bother me when people say “chimbley” or “skellington” (it can sound sweet from a child) but when 4 year old DGD said “marshmellow” the other day, it really grated.
I have noticed it in England and cannot for the life of me understand why some people pronounce it this way.
We say “fallow, shallow, mallow” so why on Earth should the vowel change?
In DGD’s case I suspect this is down to the nanny as I did not teach our DDs to say that.
Ducks behind sofa

kittylester Thu 14-Feb-19 08:19:59

With you maw, shove over!

EllanVannin Thu 14-Feb-19 08:22:39

It gets on my wick too as does the " s " added on to vet.

Polly99 Thu 14-Feb-19 08:23:08

Never heard it pronounced that way but it would certainly grate if I did.

oldgoat Thu 14-Feb-19 08:26:17

I get annoyed when television presenters say 'thu' instead of 'thee' in front of words beginning with a vowel. It sounds so ugly.

MawBroon Thu 14-Feb-19 08:27:54

Can we just get back to “Marshmallow” please smile

MaizieD Thu 14-Feb-19 08:36:31

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Grannybags Thu 14-Feb-19 08:40:10

I agree MawBroon definitely mallow!

MissAdventure Thu 14-Feb-19 08:53:08

I think I say mellow blush

MawBroon Thu 14-Feb-19 09:04:44

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Riverwalk Thu 14-Feb-19 09:08:59

I'm as common as muck and say mellow!

MiniMoon Thu 14-Feb-19 09:20:18

Is she confusing the marshmallow sweet stuff with this US performer called Marshmello? Just a thought. 😃

MawBroon Thu 14-Feb-19 09:26:05

My 4 year old DGD would never have heard of this American product (I haven’t!)
Am I really the only person to hear “Marsh mellow”
And why am I pathetic?

MawBroon Thu 14-Feb-19 09:26:44

Sorry - no “product” !

Kittye Thu 14-Feb-19 09:34:03

I say mellow too! 😱 I’ll never say the word again🤐

Maggiemaybe Thu 14-Feb-19 09:41:05

Mallow for me, though our in-laws say mellow and our DGS have followed suit. I quite like it. It sounds a bit old fashioned somehow.

SalsaQueen Thu 14-Feb-19 10:32:54

Mellow. Everyone I know says mellow. It perhaps is a regional thing? I live in Derby, East Midlands.

MissAdventure Thu 14-Feb-19 10:34:21

I'm daahn saahf, innit?

Caledonai14 Thu 14-Feb-19 10:54:16

I'm with you Maw on the fact that it grates when you hear it. However, if - as some are saying - it is a regional pronounciation, I suppose I'll have to stop trying to correct my wee niece. To me, mallow is the plant and the biscuit. Mellow is how I start the day.

FountainPen Thu 14-Feb-19 11:03:21

I speak in standard southern English bordering on RP but have Irish ancestry. I say marshmallow with something closer to a short e sound than short a.

The Oxford English Dictionary has two variants for British and American English:

Brit. /ˌmɑːʃˈmaləʊ/ U.S. /ˈmɑrʃˌmɛloʊ/

Maybe that's the reason in my case as American English is much influenced by Irish English.

If your libary has a subscription to OED, you should be able to log in with your library card to see this link:

POGS Thu 14-Feb-19 11:30:57

Flipping heck I never gave it a thought now I am sat here talking to myself
' Do you want a Marshmallow '
' Do you want a Marshmellow '

I have now over thought it and don't know which I usual use. I am discombobulated now for the day , thanks Maw. grin

Fennel Thu 14-Feb-19 11:40:24

I think marshmellow is just 'posh' for marshmallow.
Or it could be connected with the various mellow yellow links.

BBbevan Thu 14-Feb-19 12:17:21

Marshmallow, for me. Welsh but brought up in Hertfordshire. Some there would say marshmallow, sounds posher? 🙁

BBbevan Thu 14-Feb-19 12:18:12

MarshmEllow Grrrrr

MissAdventure Thu 14-Feb-19 12:25:43

No, I've no wish to sound posh whatsoever.
Again, its like Prymark vs Preemark, mygraine vs meegraine, girarffe vs girafff..