"potato" vs. "potahto"?

Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene at UCHICAGO.EDU
Fri May 19 17:11:47 UTC 2006

The following sentence occurs in an article published today in the
Chicago Tribune about the US Senate's vote to declare English the
"national language":

"We think it's basically the same thing. It's a `You say potato, I say
potahto' kind of thing," said Tim Schultz, director of government
relations of U.S. English Inc.

I have always heard the variation about "tomato." Is there really a
[p@'ta:to] pronunciation of "potato" too?


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