How do you say Crayon?

Heather mentioned it before, but reiterated and announced the “proper” way to pronounce the word Crayon.  And I suppose that depending on where it is you hail from, she might or might not be right.  So, how do you say Crayon?

She happens to think that it should be pronounced Crawn.  Her husband says Cray-On.  Me?  I say Cran.  Just like Cranberry, but without the berry.  ;)  Since I was just in Texas, I think I can safely guess that any of “Y’all” from down south probably pronounce it something like Craawn.  I could be wrong I suppose.

Let the whole world know how you pronounce Crayon.  Link up here or leave a comment and let me know too!

Oh, and while I’m at it, the words Walk, Talk, and Chalk all have silent L’s in them.

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  1. Well, it appears you are right:
    Main Entry: 1cray·on
    Pronunciation: ‘krA-“än, -&n also ‘kran
    Function: noun
    Etymology: French, crayon, pencil, from diminutive of craie chalk, from Latin creta
    1 : a stick of white or colored chalk or of colored wax used for writing or drawing
    2 : a crayon drawing

    I therefore will be that ass (you know the one) and say everyone else is wrong. 🙂

  2. I have been “researching” this issue vigorously for the past several minutes. I have a daughter that has pronounced the word “crayon” as “crown” since she first tried to use the term.

    We live in Texas and I understand that sometimes the way we speak down here is sometimes laughable to y’all. However I had never heard crayon pronounced like this before. I have recently learned that my nephew (raised in Ohio of all places) also calls a crayon a crown.

    Now I find through my research that others around the country also do this. I have come to the conclusion that it is a genetic anomaly and must skip a generation or some such.

    Later I will share my theory that contractions cause Alzheimer’s.

  3. Well, we all have different interpretation and different pronunciation. I also browsed through the dictionary. It’s pronounced as cray-on or \ˈkrā-ˌän, -É™n also ˈkran\.