As I linguist, I know that in speaking the same language there is no “one correct” accent or pronunciation of certain words. There are certain pronunciations of a word that may be more widely accepted, but it doesn’t mean the other options are wrong. As well as having a different accent in different places there are different dialects as well; for example what would you call a carbonated sweetened drink? I grew up calling it pop because I lived in Utah then, and when I moved to California I started calling it soda. Some people from the south would call it coke, others call if cola, soda pop, fizzy, etc. Is there one right or wrong way to say it? No.
People are generally considered to have accents when they say things that aren’t neutral, things that show us where they are from based on the words they say or how they say them.
Growing up on the west coast and marrying a husband from the east coast surprisingly hasn’t lead to too many differences in who we are, what we do, or even how we speak. Luckily he’s not from New York, or Boston or Lousiana because then we would notice those things. But there are a couple words I have noticed that we say different. Its no big deal, but it just makes me curious if its a Nate Berrett thing or a northern Virginia thing. I’m leaning towards the latter because a couple other friends from the area say it the same way as him.
How do you pronounce the frozen fruit mixture that has a little milk in it, but isn’t ice cream. Sherbet. I say it like this “shur-bit”. Nate fondly calls it “shur-burt”. What? Where that extra ‘r’ comes from I have no idea.
Well, we have a wonderful home here in Orem. We live in the “Orchard Area” of Orem, and are surrounded by apple, pear and peach orchards. But somehow our house had no fruit trees. Not a single one. Growing up with dozens of different fruit trees at my parents homes to zero was not something I could handle. So we bought one. A peach tree. I would have guessed that a first year tree would not produce any or at least not very much fruit. Of course our tree didn’t produce hundreds of peaches but we did get about 2 dozen, which I think is amazing considering the size. And to prevent our peaches from being further attacked by bugs (because the ones that ripened on the tree were turning a little black inside and I even found an earwig in one. Yuck! Anyway, we had a few peaches from our tree that I didn’t know what to do with. You can only eat so many fresh, and there weren’t enough to can them. So I cut them up in pieces, sugared them and stuck them in the fridge to decide something to do with them later.
I decided to make sherbet.
This is the recipe I came up with and I think it turned out really great. If you don’t have peaches you could substitute any fruit for them. Maybe just increase or decrease the amount of sugar you use based on how naturally sweet the fruit is.
4 cups peaches, chopped
1 cup half and half
1 cup white sugar
1. Blend peaches and half and half together until peaches are totally creamy.
2. Add in sugar and blend for a little bit.
3. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and run for about 30 minutes.
4. Remove peach sherbet from ice cream maker and place in bowl. Cover.
5. Place in freezer. Freeze for an hour or 2 or overnight depending on how hard you want the sherbet. Remove from freezer a few minutes before serving.