Is it 'crape myrtle' or 'crepe myrtle'?
I've been waffling back and forth.
At first I wrote 'crepe myrtle', because that's how I thought of the trees. The flowers look like crepe paper.
But down here in the Southern US (aka the 'Deep South'), every tag on a 'myrtle' at the garden center says 'crape'.
I tend to write what I'm feeling. If I'm feeling like 'crape' that's what I write. If I'm feeling French, I write 'crepe'. Zut alors!
If you Google the subject, you find arguments for both. Both are correct, depending on where you live.
I have the 'Muskogee' variety. It's hard to find a tree that flowers and does well in the strong North Carolina sun and strong wind that my property constantly receives.
I really hope mine flowers more profusely this year. Last year it only had a couple of flowering panicles.
But the real reason I wrote this, is because I just love words. Since moving from Canada, I've found that people here in the States use different words for what I'm referring to. Not saying they're wrong, just different. And interesting.
Canadians say 'Grade 3'. Americans say '3rd Grade'.
North Carolinians call a winter hat a 'toboggan' or a 'beanie'. To me, a toboggan is a sled. A beanie is a hat with a propellor on it. I call a winter hat a 'toque' (rhymes with 'fluke'). French-Canadian. Short and sweet :)
Americans say 'couch'. Canadians call it a 'chesterfield'.
What is 'Canadian Bacon' to Canadians? It's 'ham', people!
And if you haven't experienced the French-Canadian delicacy that is 'poutine', I feel sorry for you. It's both delicious and heart-attack inducing. It should come with defibrillator paddles.
Fries, cheese curd, and gravy. Oh HELLS yeah.
My favourite of all? Americans say 'tuna fish sandwich'. Which is delicious. I have nothing against a tuna fish sandwich. Except...
Why call it tuna fish? Why not just 'tuna sandwich'? We all know it's fish. Nobody eats a 'tuna horse sandwich'. Do they? :D
I sure hope not. That would be messy. And probably not as appetizing.
So come on...do you say 'crepe myrtle' or 'crape myrtle'? Bet it depends on if you live in the Southern US or not!
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