Thursday, November 5, 2009
Pumpkins or Punkin's?
Which is the correct pronunciation -- pumpkin or punkin? I suppose it all depends on what you're talking about -- and perhaps, where you're from. To me, pumpkin is the proper pronunciation for a perfectly plump growth on the end of a harvest vine... such as those shown in the photo above.
Punkin' -- on the other hand -- is a beloved nickname for my newest little grandson, Jason Cody. I suppose it started because there were pumpkin decorations around the home when I got there -- the pretty pumpkins on their front stoop (above), ceramic pumpkins on the kitchen table and a bronze-type wire pumpkin shape adorning the floor near the staircase.
I don't know why, it slipped out, but when I took Jason Cody from his Daddy's arms that first time, I cooed, "How's my sweet lil' Punkin' doing?" And he didn't mind a bit. Without giving it much thought, over the period of a week, the nickname slipped from my tongue several more times. Do you suppose that's why they sent me the photo below?
Just a few days later, I got an email from our daughter with lots of new photos for us to drool over. There he was -- our seven month old Ethan posing and playing with a pumpkin in sunny Florida!
So I ask you, is it pumpkin or punkin? :-)