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by Beckee
on February 26, 2016 at 11:49 AM
Im not an almond farmer, but I was born & raised in Chico, CA and still live there. I call the nuts am-ends because my family pronounced it that way. My dad was born in Chico in 1927, and said as a kid he would earn money helping with harvest. He said they got up in the trees with big knocking mallets to knock the almonds out of the tree. He said they had to hit the tree branches so hard it knocked the 'L' right out of the almond. I personally believe it just depends on the demographics of where someone was raised. I also pronounce salmon without the 'L' and say sa-men, but my relatives in Oklahoma say salmon & I had no idea what they were talking about when they said it. 😊
by Theresa
on December 12, 2017 at 12:54 PM
I also live in Chico, CA but I pronounce almond with the "L". I am a transplant from southern CA and that's how I learned to say it. So, I agree with Bekee it's demographics. I also say Esplanade with a short "a" because I grew up on SoCa.
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