Acme--two syllables or three? :)

Ed Keer edkeer at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jul 23 15:03:25 UTC 2004

Acme markets are also prominent in Philadelphia and
some people there use the three syllable
pronunciation. Growing up I associated it with old
people because my grandmother was the only I knew who
said it that way. Don't know how current it is.

She also pronounced batteries (specifically the
plural--don't remember her ever using the singular) as
''battries'' with two syllables.


--- Sam Clements <SClements at NEO.RR.COM> wrote:
> I live in Akron, Ohio.  I moved here in 1971.  I
> grew up in Arllington, VA. 1947-1964.  I also had
> connections to Danville, VA. 1945-1966.
> The word "Acme" is the name of a local supermarket
> chain in the Akron area.  It's been the hometown
> market since 1910 or so.
> I just noticed that some of my contemporaries, who
> were born and raise here in Akron pronounce the name
> of the market as
>     AK-a-me
> I'm sorry if I can't do it in the right kind of
> symbols/letters so that you can understand it
> better.  The accent is on the first syllable, and
> they pronounce it as if it has three syllables.
> Why do they say this?  Is it local to Ohio?
> As an addenda, two out of the three people who say
> it this way are college educated and Jewish.  I
> don't know if that's any help, but it's factual.
> All three are locally born.
> Sam Clements

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