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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.
by Roxanne W
on February 8, 2018 at 2:24 PM
Well ive lived Davis, go Aggies , during my childhood and then the east bay area in adult good, my home ldeat sister lived in the middle if an almond orchard and we all sa Almonds with the "L"/in it. I think it is all in how you speak to begin with. Generational farmers probably would hand down that word without the L sound as most worked hard all day and not in school . I'm not saying farmers are uneducated,.I'm saying the dialect is a bit different then the city folks.just as the north and south States have many different pronunciations if the same words. No matter I love to eat almonds and I does bother me to hear a person not pronounce the L in it as it bothers me when people make up words that they think are real. My one leave would be when a person means ," he has Take the trash out" but says " he has tooken the trash out". Ugh
by Patrick Cavanaugh
on September 23, 2018 at 8:22 PM
I think it all comes down to the sheer increased amount of nerve and muscle actualization required to say Almonds. A-mends is just easier to say and still, most people know exactly what you are saying.
by Elizabeth
on January 16, 2019 at 4:13 PM
I was born and raised in Southern California where My grandfather  
Had a small almond orchard. We, and everyone I knew called  
them “ah-monds”.
by James
on September 8, 2020 at 8:27 AM
If you’re leaving the L silent, then you’re just saying it wrong.
by Shelley
on January 3, 2021 at 10:55 PM
Americans also use L in calm I've noticed. The rest of the English speaking Western world say both words without pronouncing the l.
by Jim Symington
on January 26, 2021 at 11:38 PM
My family does not believe in almonds, therefore the pronunciation is meaningless. We do say "wah-nuts" though.
by Kevin Montgomery
on September 1, 2021 at 9:23 AM
The theory that Northern California farmers eschew the Spanish pronunciation is certainly credible. After all, one of the main roads in Chico is Esplanade, which the locals pronounce with a long final "a".
by Mark Walsh
on September 2, 2021 at 2:38 PM
Years ago, I was in the tiny little store in Jarbidge, Nevada (near the northeast corner of the state), when the woman cashier excused herself for a moment. She went into the back room, I could overhear her talking with her husband, and he was apparently making a list of supplies to order: "Richard, I think that we are almost out of *ammonds.*" When she appeared a minute later to ring up my purchase, I asked her, "Are you from Butte County?" She looked aghast and replied, "We have been here for twenty years! How did you know?" 🙂
by Robin Rusk
on October 23, 2021 at 11:34 PM
With the L. Native Texan, BS in Communications plus English double major. Corp retired. Word nerd. ALWAYS w the L.
by J. A. Cover
on March 15, 2022 at 5:21 PM
We grew up raising almonds [a’ - monds], flood-irrigation from the canal, knocking them by hand—starting at age 6 or so. The Almond Festival — annual, large, for little Ripon CA, a stone’s throw from Modesto — brought bands and horse troupes and floats from all over the state for a three-hour parade. As a UC Davis grad, I still say “a’ - mond” along with all the farmers I ever knew, and all the kids at the university except the city-folks. They would inform me that “...it’s got an ‘L’ in it...”, and I’d ask them how they pronounce ‘salmon’. ThAt’d quiet them down long enough for me to tell them that pecan farmers pronounce the name of their crop differently than many city-folk, and urge them to defer to those who make these things their livelihood. Southern CA, a different pronunciation? A different planet, who wouldn’t know flood irrigation if they saw it (or ever knew how many irrigations was the equivalent of six of their swimming pools and two waterings of their favorite golf course). My guess is that prudence recommends siding with the majority of those of us in the know — or, if push comes to shove, allow that when on the trees they’r al-monds, but after we knock them at harvest, we’ve knocked the ‘L’ out of them and what they buy at the store are a’ - monds. Full stop, pretty much.
 
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