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What Is The Correct Way To Pronounce Vegan?

You say Vee-gan I say Vay-gan...

Tomay-to, tomaw-to, Potay-to, Potaw-to...

I recently had a few "complaints" about the way I pronounce the word vegan, some take this as seriously as they do their diet.  

So I did a little looking into the subject and it seems there is no definitive answer although some have a very strong opinion on the subject, which I actually find quite amusing.

While I am well aware that I pronounce many words differently than the common American English since I was born and raised a Newfoundlander, I was unaware that some vegans get their knickers in a knot over the pronunciation of this word....What the heck?

Regardless, I decided to check into the issue, and while the most commonly used pronunciation today is indeed vee-gan, there are indeed several accepted pronunciations...

Here is what Merriam-Webster has to say...


\ˈvē-gən also ˈvā- also ˈve-jən or -ˌjan\

So at the risk of offending some vee-gans, sorry guys and gals, I'm just not prepared to rewire my brain straight away so if you like to watch my videos then you'll have to put up 
with hearing me say vay-gan now and again :)

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