CUM-MIN OR QUEMAN, HELP ME CLEAR THIS ONE UP

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by chefmumma, Aug 19, 2011.

DO YOU SAY "CUMMIN" OR "QUEMAN"?

Poll closed Sep 3, 2011.
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  1. chefmumma

    chefmumma

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    As an aussie I know we say things a lot different to the way you guys pronounce things but this one is a beauty. We are taught that if a word has two constanants in the middle of it then the vowel before it is a short sounding vowel. Eg if you are "bugging" me you are bug-ging me, certainly you are not bewging me.

    However in the case of a word also being the name for something this rule can vary. I have always called it "cum-min" but my mother corrected me and said I should be saying "Queman", so of course I started doing that to keep her happy and then my son told me that it should be "cum-min" as it had always been.

    So which is it and why I ask you? Lets vote on it...

    I AM SIMPLY GOING TO GO WITH A MAJORITY RULES .
     
  2. petemccracken

    petemccracken

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    According to "Food Lover's Companion", Sharon Tyler Herbst, page 185, cumin (note the single consonant)

     is pronounced:
    • KUH-mihn, or
    • KYOO-mihn, or
    • KOO-mihn
    I've always used the first alternative but have heard the second, which really sounds pretty close to Queman
     
  3. durangojo

    durangojo

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    here in the desert southwest where a lot of cumin is used, cumin is pronounced 'coo min'...

    joey
     
  4. ishbel

    ishbel

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    In the UK it's coo min or sometimes Kyu min.
     
  5. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    I've mostly heard it pronounced Kewmin but I have decided I will pronounce it Koomin from now on.

    By the way, cumin only has one m.
     
  6. highlander01

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    Being from (and still there) the southeast U.S. I have always called it que - men

    So more or less that's close enough to que man   :)
     
  7. left4bread

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    Not a linguist, but I play one on TV.

    From Wiktionary:

    "From Old English cymen, from Latin cuminum, from Ancient Greek κύμινον  (kúminon), itself of Semitic origin; cognate with Old High German kumin, and via Semitic route related to Hebrew כמון  (kammon) and Arabic كمون  (kammun)."

    So, then,

    Greek: κύμινον

    kü'-mē-non

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    Coo' min

    No?

    http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G2951

    Anyways, say it however you want, we know what you mean.

    Sometimes I say "kuh' min".  I like to wind people up./img/vbsmilies/smilies/wink.gif
     
  8. capsaicin

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  9. teamfat

    teamfat

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    I say koo-min.  I do not like it when folks pronounce 'coupons' as 'Q-pons'.  I'm annoyed at my stove, because it has a 'lite' position on the dial and not 'light' - but then I'm from an old school Jesuit prep school and the trend towards lazy, dumbed down language makes me sad.

    mjb.
     
  10. left4bread

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  11. tylerm713

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    Where I live, it's "KYOO-mihn" or "KOO-mihn". Or alternatively, the Mexican variant; "comino".