Toni’s Tidbits: Pronunciations- A Vlog

So the big debate on a mom’s forum I am a part of is how do you pronounce these 4 words: Pen Pin Ben Bin. So go ahead and listen, this is how I say them:

Now I am right, we all know this is the case as it always is, however for my enjoyment I think you all should post a vlog with yourself saying these words so I can say “ha” or hang my head in shame when others prove me wrong. That happens more often than I would like to admit so I just pretend I don’t hear them when that happens LOL.

A few others I say are wash, but sometimes it comes out with an r in it…warsh. My moms says envelope …envelote LOL. I say fixing…like I am fixing to leave. I say cain’t (yes I know it’s not a real word but I don’t care). The funniest part of my mispronunciations is I freaking rocked in English, I passed with flying colors it was my best subject. Oh and what about pecan do you say it pee-can or pee-kahn (thanks to Brandi for that pronunciation). I say the former most of the time. Now it’s your turn…

What are some words you pronounce or words people you know say that you think they say wrong?


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Hi! I'm Toni. I am a happily married, christian, momma of 3 living on Florida's sunny Gulf Coast. I am a lifestyle blogger and Seint Arist. I started blogging when my last child was born as a way to share my love of all things travel, cooking, beauty, recipes, and more. Now pull up a chair, grab a glass of sweet tea and let's get to know each other. I truly hope you enjoy getting A Daily Dose of Toni!


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    LMAO, you sound just like me. They are all pronounced the same and I SO say cain’t. “I’m FIXING to go to the store and I CAIN’T get my shoes on.”

    I say PEE-CAN like all true Georgians.

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    Drat I wont be able to view that til my computer gets fixed at home, but here is my pin pen/bin ben pronounciations. Enjoy. LOL

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    The Mind of a Mom

    pin = safety pin
    pen = something you write with
    bin = a storage container
    Ben = a man/boy’s name

    My problem is Crayon I pronounce it like Cran (as in cranberry), but like you, I never knew that I did not pronounce it properly until someone pointed it out. So I must go now and pick-up the kids crans

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    Isn’t everyone in the south fixin’ to do something? And I cain’t do nothing right?! LOL I say the same darn things! Everything just comes out with a twang or sounding odd. My g’s sound like k’s if I even put g’s on the end of my words!

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    LMAO! This is cracking me up! I say the words like they are spelled…I think…I would do a Vlog, but I dont know how to upload videos to the computer!

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    LOL Toni! You have me sitting at the computer saying “Pin, Pen, Bin, Ben”. I would tape myself but I won’t subject ya’ll to my second trimester double chin. Anyway, I definitely notice a difference when I say each word. I do however say “fixin’ to” and usually I make it all one word- fixin’a. And I don’t say PeeCAN, that annoys me almost as much as when people call a grocery cart a basket or buggy. LOL!

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    Stacy's Random Thoughts

    I pronounce pIn and pEn and bIn and bEn exactly like Jess does…sorry, Toni! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The thing here in PA that ‘bugs’ me is how they say ‘you’ in a couple of different ways…like ‘youins’ (you-ins) or youse (use) Example: ‘How are youins doing today?’ ‘Are youse guys going to such and such?’ And they always insist on putting an ‘s’ at the end of words – like Wal*Mart…they always call it ‘Wal*Marts’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since I don’t talk like people around here (I moved here from Seattle about 11 years ago), I still get the comment ‘Youins aren’t from around here, are ya?’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Fun post! Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I’m a Bostonian. So Pahk the Cah in Havad Yad. You girls don’t even get that huh? R’s completely disappear once your in the city of Boston.

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    LOL Toni, Love ya!! hehehe great vlog!

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    I say them pretty differently! LOL!

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    Elizabeth Bonds

    I pronounce Pin and Bin where it literally sounds like I am saying the word in after a P or B sound. So, P-In and B-In.

    I pronounce Pen and Ben with an “eh” sound in the middle. So P-Eh-N and B-Eh-N.

    They sound similar, but Pen and Ben have a long e sound I guess you could say.

    When I say Bin it sounds exactly like the word been. As in, “I have been (b-in) there before.” When I say the word Ben it doesn’t sound like the word been at all.

    Anyway, I didn’t do a vlog about it, but I thought I’d comment.

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    My Trendy Tykes

    Ok, I will vlog this one later. I say them the same as you. NO different!


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    Yeah I say it the right way not like you crazy girl! Loved hearing you say it in your crazy way.

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    You crack me up, and it’s pee-kahn okay. haha!