How Do You Say Pecan?

April is national pecan month, and while it’s easy to celebrate by cooking up some pecan treats, it’s a little hard to talk about it. Is it pih-KAHN or PEE-kan? Or maybe puh-KAN?

There may be as many ways to say it as there are pecans in a pie. What makes this word so hard to pin down?

It varies from town to town, or even within families. Part of the problem with the word pecan has to do with the way it came into the English language.