How do you pronounce "Caramel"?

How do you pronounce "Caramel"?

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Correctly

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three syllables, car,a,mel

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Can we have some IPA characters, Woot?

I say it way an ɑ but if you asked what sounds correct to me as a native speaker, I’d choose æ
Pretty sure that’s because æ is preferred in more English dialects worldwide

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I’m not sure why i had this in my head, but when I was a kid i thought the three syllable pronunciation care-a-mel was referring to when it was soft and the two syllable pronunciation was when it was hard car-mel. So now i interchange, but i still think i might’ve been on to something.

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Maybe because the extra syllable gets shortened (for D speakers who normally use the three-syllable pronunciation) in the verb? That could create an association between the softening and the shortening of the word.

These pronunciation poll questions make me nostalgic for my old college linguistics survey courses. wistful sigh

I pronounce it “caramel” most of the time, except sometimes when I pronounce it “caramel.” I’m not sure why I haven’t truly settled on one pronunciation, really. It’s one of the great mysteries of life.

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Care a mel

(Now that I read it. I don’t know why, either.)

See, this is why we need IPA!

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