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How do you pronounce "mayonnaise?"?

Asked by Skaggfacemutt (9815points) May 20th, 2011

I have endured a lot of teasing because I have always pronounced it “man’-ayz.” Is this a regional thing? How do you pronounce it, and where are you from?

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Stinley's avatar

May On AZE

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Jude's avatar


Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@FutureMemory Thank goodness someone besides me calls it that. Where are you from?

tedibear's avatar

May-oh-nays. But mostly, I call it mayo.

DominicX's avatar

I pronounce it: /‘meɪəˌneɪz/

Pronouncing it /‘mæneɪz/ (like “manaze”) is definitely a regional thing, I’m just not sure which region :)

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marinelife's avatar

May on naise.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Just as it is spelled… may-on-naise.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@everephebe Make me a sandwich? Hehehe. I love your voice too much.

Jude's avatar

@everephebe is trying to turn on the ladies. Lesbians, even.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Wow. Mayonnaise never sounded so sexy…

everephebe's avatar

I just made a sandwich, actually.

picante's avatar

MANaze (Texan)

JLeslie's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt We say that the same too.

Kayak8's avatar

@picante I too say Manaze and my mom is from Texas. That’s what I always heard growing up.

anartist's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt where are you from?
Your pronunciation isn’t wrong—all you have done is condense the “mayon” into “man” [happens all the time as language evolves, from repeated use, fast speaking etc] and the “ayz” is how everyone ends the word. It is very French to drop bits of words and it is a French word.

How many people do you know who say “catsup” instead of “kechup” or ketchup? Until fairly recently bottles of the red stuff still said “catsup” —
maybe mayonnaise jars will say “mannaise” in 10 years.

Blueroses's avatar

Man-ayz also, for the full word but it shortens to may-oh.

tranquilsea's avatar

@anartist I thought I was going crazy when I typed catsup and it came up on my spell checker as wrong. When did that happen?

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Sunny2's avatar

Man-aze. I write mayo in recipes. I don’t know how to write it with a French accent, but sometimes I say it that way. Probably incorrectly.

woodcutter's avatar

miracle whip

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I either say “man aze” (also from Texas) or I call it “mayo”.

filmfann's avatar


Now that I think about it, that may be why I always get my order wrong when I get a sandwich in San Francisco.

(“It looks like Salami, but I swear it smells like Pastrami!”)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

MAN-naze. (I grew up in Virginia, but both parents and the siblings were from the North.)

MilkyWay's avatar

“May un aze”

TexasDude's avatar


I’m from Tennessee.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

^ That is more Creole that Country. @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Record it dahlin’. We want to hear it!

TexasDude's avatar

@KatetheGreat, @Pied_Pfeffer, alright y’all, give this a shot.

MilkyWay's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I don’t know. All I know is that I love your voice and whatever accent you have :D

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Hahaha, you have such a cute accent. I can’t really decide what kind of accent you have, I am not familiar with a lot of the accents in America.

TexasDude's avatar

Aw shucks, now I’m blushing. Thanks guys.

blueberry_kid's avatar

may YAWN aize

tranquilsea's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I read country with a good dose of creole thrown in.

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El_Cadejo's avatar


Patti Mayonnaise from Doug pronounced her name Man-aze as well :P

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I agree with both @tranquilsea (It sounds as if the Creole/Cajun accent has been compromised by time in Eastern TN) and @queenie (the accent is still lovely.) Thanks for recording it!

TexasDude's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer, yeah, I’m only Creole/Cajun by heritage, so it’s not surprising that my accent doesn’t really show it. I’ve never lived in Louisiana myself, but my grandmother lived most of her young life there in New Orleans.

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Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@anartist I am from northern Indiana. Sounds like those from Texas, Tennessee and Virginia call it MAN-aze. I noticed those who diligently put in that extra syllable and call it may-o-naze have neglected to say where they are from. I would have guessed California, except that @FutureMemory is from there and says it like I do.

JLeslie's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt I think we from TN are not from TN. I was raised by people from The Bronx, mostly growing up in the DC area. I have no idea if Tennesseans say it that way. That would be a question for JohnPennington I guess.

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