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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.
 
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