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Old 02-23-2008, 02:56 AM
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Poll: Pronunciation of chamomile

How do you pronounce chamomile?
1) chamo-mile (where mile is pronounced like the measure of distance)
2) chamo-meal (where meal is pronounced like the portion of food)

It would be also be great if you could add what part of the country/world you were raised in (to see if there are regional variations)
Old 02-23-2008, 03:36 AM
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I pronounce it chamomile, with a hard C rather than a Ch (as in Chicken) sound. IOW, Camomile, no meal or Chooks allowed.

I'm from Australia.
Old 02-23-2008, 03:41 AM
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CAM-o-mile: hard c at the start, last syllable the same as the "mile" that is a measure of distance.

Raised in Scotland.
Old 02-23-2008, 03:45 AM
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chamo as in "camouflage," maybe with a bit less of a schwa, or "cam" with an o.
mile as in 5,280 feet.

Raised in Northern California.
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KAM-uh-meal

Sydney.

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Old 02-23-2008, 03:48 AM
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CAM (like ham) - o - (1.609334 km)

ETA: Indian living in London

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Old 02-23-2008, 04:04 AM
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KAM oh meel. So Cal.
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Meal - West coast US
Old 02-23-2008, 04:11 AM
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CAM-o-mile: hard c at the start, last syllable the same as the "mile" that is a measure of distance.
Same. Adelaide, Australia.
Old 02-23-2008, 05:02 AM
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I've used both pronunciations but I'll go with cam-ah-mile. Australia.
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Cam-o-mile.

Born and bred Auckland Enzedder.
Old 02-23-2008, 07:18 AM
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Cam-o-mile. Victoria, Australia.
Old 02-23-2008, 07:59 AM
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KAM-uh-meel.

Ohio
Old 02-23-2008, 08:10 AM
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KAM-uh-meel.

Ohio
Ditto.

Pennsylvania.
Old 02-23-2008, 08:11 AM
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I first learned of this tea through Beatrix Potter's Tale of Peter Rabbit, where Peter is given some medicinally at the end. I pronounced it in my head all sorts of ways. Then I saw an animated production of it, narrated by Meryl Streep (not that I knew who she was at the time, but I can remember the sound of the narrator's voice from the production and match it up now), who pronounced it "KAM-o-myle".

I pretty much never hear the word "on the street" so that's it, that's how I think the word is pronounced.
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KAM-uh-meel.

Ohio
Ditto. Born/raised kindasorta near Chicago.
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cam-o-mill (hard c, no "ch", no units of distance, no meals)

Saskatchewan
Old 02-23-2008, 08:21 AM
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KAM-uh-meel.

Ohio
Me too.

NY

My grandmother says it the other way, and is from Georgia.
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KAM-uh-meal.

Raised in Florida by Yankie parents.
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KAM-uh-meel.

Ohio
Yeah me too.
Old 02-23-2008, 09:22 AM
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Cam (rhymes with jam)

Oh

meal

...from New England, USA.

I'm surprised at all the "uh" pronunciations for the middle syllable. Hmm. Perhaps I've been wrong all these years.
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CAM

Oh (blurs into Uh when talking fast)

meal

I'm originally from So Cal. Wife from New England has the same pronunciation.
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KAM oh meel. So Cal.
Ditto. Dit toe.
Old 02-23-2008, 09:43 AM
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CAM

Oh (blurs into Uh when talking fast)

meal
Same here. I'm a native Floridian (second generation).
Old 02-23-2008, 11:38 AM
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Cam (rhymes with jam)

Oh

meal

...from New England, USA.

I'm surprised at all the "uh" pronunciations for the middle syllable. Hmm. Perhaps I've been wrong all these years.
Ditto. Old New Englander
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KAM-oh-meel. California, central and central coast. Now northern, and I've only heard people say it like I do.
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CAM-o-mile.

I was raised all over the place - spent an equal amount of my childhood in both Detroit and Atlanta with a couple years in Chicago for good measure.
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KA-muh-mile.

The "muh" isn't really accurate, but it's as close as I can get with normal characters. Using proper notation, it would be "ka-mə-mīl", I think.

I'm from central Louisiana.
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CAM

Oh (blurs into Uh when talking fast)

meal
Same here. North New Jersey.
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CAM-o-meal.

South Carolina
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Wow. In my travels around the U.S., I've never heard it pronounced any way other than KAM-uh-meal (that "uh" is more of a schwa sound).

I live in Montana.
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Huh. Apparently, I am the only native Ohioan who says "kam-oh-mile" rather than "meal"--but then I haven't lived there in over 20 years, and perhaps picked up the "mile" pronunciation somewhere else since. Here in Maryland? Denver? The UK?
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KAM oh meel.
Same, central California.
Old 02-23-2008, 02:59 PM
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A quick glance over the thread reveals that "mile" seems to be more common for British English and some parts of the southern US, while "meal" is favored in most of the US. I know it's a very small sample size, but it's interesting.
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KAM-uh-meal

Sydney.
That's mine. Midwest prairie raised.
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KAM-uh-meal.

Raised in Florida by Yankie parents.
Same, but mom was a Hoosier.
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KAM-uh-meal

Sydney.
Ditto that. Wisconsin born and bred.
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cam-o-mill (hard c, no "ch", no units of distance, no meals)

Saskatchewan
Same here. (South Louisiana)
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Kam - oh/uh - Somewhere between -meal and -mill.

Tennessee mostly. Virginia is creeping up in the ranks. Florida, Texas, and New York besides.
Parents from Ohio and Michigan.

/kam-ai-mēl/ is probably the "correct" pronunciation.
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Unsurprisingly I pronounce it like fellow New Englanders CairoCarol and Annie-Xmas do. I'm a little surprised, however, that some would pronounce the "h" like in the examples the OP offers.
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CAM

Oh (blurs into Uh when talking fast)

meal
Same as this. I was raised in Nebraska.
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Kam uh meal, east Tennessee.
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Kam-uh-meal.

Michigan.
Old 02-23-2008, 11:57 PM
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I've only heard cam-o-mile.

Some tiny speck of the former British Empire.
Old 02-24-2008, 12:55 AM
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Kam - uh - meal

SW Ontario
Old 02-25-2008, 12:28 PM
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Mom (from Europe) always says cam-oh-mile.

Everyone else I've met says cam-oh-meel including Mrs. BwanaBob.

Sorry, mom. (New York reporting).

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Old 02-25-2008, 03:25 PM
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Kam-uh-meel is nearest to French.
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Cam - ah - mill

California
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KAM-o-meal.

Ontario, but I'm likely biased as I was raised in a French-speaking household (where you pronounce it kam-oh-meeyh).
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KAM-(schwa)-meel. This is the first time I've heard of an differing pronunciation.
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