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#25992 - 04/06/01 06:09 AM marshmallow
belligerentyouth Offline
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I'm off to London, England tonight and was planning on bringing some of these back (along with a host of other orders from Brit/Oz folk). My query: does anyone here actually pronounce the word the way it is written. I have only ever heard it spoken as 'marshmellow'.

p.s. hope they'll let me out of the country again!

#25993 - 04/06/01 06:22 AM Re: marshmallow
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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My query: does anyone here actually pronounce the word the way it is written. I have only ever heard it spoken as 'marshmellow'.

I'm sorry, BY, but to me marshmallow is pronounced the way it is spelled. the "mallow" rhymes with "callow" "fallow" and "shallow". However you pronounce it, enjoy them.

#25994 - 04/06/01 06:48 AM Re: marshmallow
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My experience is the opposite of Max's - always MARSHm'lo.

Diversity, eh?

#25995 - 04/06/01 07:30 AM Re: marshmallow
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I have always heard "marsh 'mel low with primary accent on the first syllable and a secondary accent on the second; definitely not as I take shanks's pronunciation to be.

Another question. Those things sold as marshmallows in the States are, to the best of my knowledge, nothing more than blobs of some goobied up sugar. Has anyone eaten real marshmallows (Althaea officinalis)? Are they even edible?

#25996 - 04/06/01 07:53 AM Re: marshmallow
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BY, my take is more with Max than Shanks on this: marsh-MA-llo.

Shanks is puttin' on the R(P)itz!

#25997 - 04/06/01 08:14 AM Re: marshmallow
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Shanks is puttin' on the R(P)itz!

Hey. It's not easy being born with a silver spoon in your mouth - makes those ruddy vowels very difficult to get out!


the sunshine ("Demosthenes with silverware in his mouth") warrior

#25998 - 04/06/01 09:00 AM Re: marshmallow
emanuela Offline

Registered: 03/16/00
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Loc: Italy - Perugia is a town with...
I have informations about my grandmother harvesting (is this correct?) and eating it.
My mother was used to buy it to prepare an infusion useful against colitis.
P.S. With my snail speed...this is -1 to Member!

#25999 - 04/06/01 09:12 AM Re: marshmallow
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Go, emanuela! And b--youth, have a good trip.

#26000 - 04/06/01 09:18 AM Re: marshmallow
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A popular children's sandwich in NorthEast US is a PBM a peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich using white bread.
It morphs into a comfort food for adults who grew up with PBMs.
It's generally pronounced "Marshmelo" accent on Marsh and the rest kinda swallowed.
When I lived on West Coast of US for awhile I could not find Marshmallow Fluff in any store ... they had a kind of runny marshmallow creme -- yuk -- too oozy for a sandwich but ok on ice cream sundae.
Neither is Fluff available in Hawaii. My son lives and works in Hawaii and I have to send a box of Fluff to him periodically. He keeps bread, a jar of PB and a container of Fluff at his office for mid-afternoon pick-me-ups.
(At 6"2" and carrying 175 lbs of muscle he can afford the indulgence!)
Any New Englander who catches him preparing his snack yells "FLUFF ! Where did you get it?" and he shares -- in the fellowship of all displaced Yankee.
Are you carrying "Fluff" to the UK ? Or just the little pop-in-you-mouth balls of picnic style marsmallows?

#26001 - 04/06/01 11:35 AM Re: marshmallow
Bobyoungbalt Offline

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Faldage, you are correct that the MARSH-mellows (only pronunciation I have ever heard) in the U.S. are like sweet gummy cotton balls*, or a smoothed-out spreadable version, as WOW notes. What, pray, are British marshmallows?

*They are made from sugar syrup whipped with gelatine.

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