Turtles or ?

Rudolph C Troike rtroike at U.ARIZONA.EDU
Tue Jun 27 05:56:51 UTC 2000

Millionnaires as I recall is a brand name, but I'm like Greg, I feel sure
there was a different term, perhaps a local Texas brand name, used around
Austin in the 1950s-1960s until "turtles" edged it out -- I recall
disliking the new label, preferring the old. But I can't think of it now.
        The locally interesting thing about pralines in Texas is that they
are pronounced /prEYliynz/ in Central Texas, but /pr)liynz/ in East
Texas. This is one of my favorite stories: I was in New Orleans once, and
decided to pursue the pronciation to its source, so I located a store in
the French Quarter which specialized in pralines, in all colors and
flavors. I found a young woman behind the counter, who from appearances
looked as though she might be a local Cajun (p.c. Acadian), and asked her
what she called them. Her response was a delightful /prAriynz/ (/a/ as in
"father"). In South Texas, where they were regularly given as a free
dessert (now $1 extra) with coffee in Mexican food restaurants, there was
no regular name for them at the time, except perhaps "pecan candy".


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