Catsup etc. (was: Re: Carbonated beverages)

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Tue Sep 10 11:16:53 UTC 2002

>My momma (93, Southern Illinois) who also says rasp- /raesp/ berry.


>I'm a little late reading the rest of Mike's message (excerpted below), but
>having finally done so, I'm curious:  Do Chicagoans actually pronounce it
>"catsup"?  I grew up seeing it spelled that way on labels, with a few
>"ketchups" and at least one "katchup," until all the labels I'm aware of
>today finally seemed to settle on "ketchup"--but the only person I ever
>heard actually pronounce it (very deliberately) "cat-sup" was my paternal
>grandmother, who also said "Jap-pan," "port-trait" and "spaghetta" and in
>general was a font of original spelling pronunciations and
>hypercorrections.  (FWIW, she was born in California but spent her married
>life in Iowa.)
>Does anyone live in an area where "catsup" is actually the local
>pronunciation today?
>Peter Mc.
>--On Monday, September 2, 2002 2:45 PM -0500 Mike Salovesh
><t20mxs1 at CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU> wrote:
>>"Thou shalt not put catsup on thy hotdog."
>>(Those who speak heathen non-Chicagoan may need to substitute such
>>barbarisms as "ketchup",
>                               Peter A. McGraw
>                   Linfield College   *   McMinnville, OR
>                            pmcgraw at

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