How do you pronounce ‘paprika’: pap-REEK-a, PAP-rick-a, or something else, and where are you from?
I grew up pronouncing it PAP-rick-a, because that’s how my parents pronounce it, but found that people look at me oddly for it. I assumed that my family had some weird, incorrect pronunciation, but couldn’t quite eradicate it. Then, today, I saw this video, in which Mark Bittman pronounces it like I do (the first time is at 1:42, although later, the anchorwoman, who is pronouncing it pap-REEK-a, kind of ‘corrects’ herself and changes to his pronunciation). My father’s accent is not dissimilar to Bittman’s, although it’s not as heavy, so is it possible that it’s a regionalism? I grew up in New Jersey, although many people from the New York region still find my pronunciation odd.