Pronunciation of hoisin

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 22 14:49:18 UTC 2009

Indeed. That's why "tentennabulation" is one of my favorite words. ;-)

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 9:36 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
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> At 1:07 AM -0800 1/22/09, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>>On "Throwdown! with Bobby Flay" season 4, episode 8, he challenges
>>Sohui Kim to a contest in making dumplings. He and she both used
>>hoisin sauce.
>>American Heritage gives "hoi sin" as the pronunciation of hoisin, with
>>the accent on either syllable. I've also heard "hoi seen", but only
>>from Cantonese speakers.
>>Bobby Flay distinctly pronounced this as "hoi sehn". BB
> Well, if you start out with "hoi sin" (as I do, with equal stress on
> both parts) and you have the pin/pen merger, "hoi sin" and "hoi sehn"
> will be indistinguishable.
> LH
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