Leghorns or Leggerns?

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  1. lisa's garden

    lisa's garden Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I saw somewhere that you are supposed to pronounce it Leggerns, not Leghorns. I have never heard anyone say that before...how do y'all say it? :chicken:
     
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  3. lisa's garden

    lisa's garden Well-Known Member

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    So if I ever have a rooster, I should name him Foggern Leggern!?
     
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    In this area, we pronounce it Leghorn. Might be a regional thing.
     
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    I can spell it right but I say it Leghern--yes, I put the H in.
     
  7. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

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    I've heard it pronounced all ways here. Mostly Leggern/Leghern. I tend to say Legherns. :)
     
  8. A.T. Hagan

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    Spelled Leghorn, pronounced Leggern. It may vary by region, but that's the way I've heard it spoken all of my life.
     
  9. ladycat

    ladycat Chicken Mafioso Staff Member

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    It's been Leggern my whole life. My mother had a thriving local egg business when I was little and got 100 Leggern pullets every spring (meaning she always had +200- 100 pullets/young hens, 100 youngish hens, and then the old ones, which we ate).

    When I hear it pronounced Leg Horn on TV, it sounds strange to me.
     
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    In IL I've heard it pronounced Leg-horn, but in MO / AR everyone seems to say Leg-ern. But I was in the Chicago area in IL so I suppose the only Leghorns the city folk saw up there WERE the Looney Tunes Foghorn Leghorn kind.
     
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    Shygal Unreality star Supporter

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    Leggerns, here in the northeast
     
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    I say leghorn though leggern sounds more "exotic"

    my aunt brought me light brown leghorns 2 roos and 8 hens, when she visited from Indiana
    she says leggerns . the roosters are pretty showy, almost or similar to wheaten coloration.
     
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    Around here, you only pronounce it "Leggern" if you're older than 70.
     
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    Otter Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've always heard/said leghorns too. I think it is regional. My favorite breed, btw.
     
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    Horseyrider Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure it's regional. Here it's "leghern," or "leggern." Unless you're a newbie.

    My mom's from the rural south, and when she was a child they had "Domineckers." I didn't realize until after she was dead that she was referring to "Dominiques."
     
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    The way my German/Norwegian great-uncle pronounced it in northern Michigan.
     
  17. lisa's garden

    lisa's garden Well-Known Member

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    Ok, well at least I don't feel silly anymore, since some people do pronounce it Leghorn! Maybe it is because the 'younger' generation grew up watching cartoons!
     
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    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    LOL. I never watched it, and we still pronounced in leghorn. Just guessing, but I bet the say 'leghahn' in Boston :) They don't like to use too many 'R's in Boston :D
     
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    Leg-gern in IL (other than Chicago)

    Also in rural IA OK, NC, TN & TX where I grew up.

    Only folks I know that pronounce it leg-horn were city folks whose only contact with the white birds are from the looney-tunes cartoon.
     
  20. suelandress

    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    Both are in the dictionary(websters). Says legern is the folk version.