I’ll be telling you more about how I used to be “The Coupon Queen”, but first…let’s have a friendly little debate shall we?
I say that the word “coupon” is pronounced KYOOPON.
And I think I’m right.
But my husband says that the word is pronounced KOOPON.
And he thinks he’s right.
What with all the tragedy and hurt in the world, this is one issue that we apparently still feel is important enough to take up a portion of our time, energy and conversation.
I finally looked the word up in the dictionary, and turns out…we’re both right. Both pronunciations are in there. Huh.
No matter, it’s continued to be a running “argument” for years. The kids get a huge kick out of listening to it.
Matt (surprised to see an item we wouldn’t normally buy): “Hey, that looks good. Did you have a KOOPON for it?”
Laura: “No I didn’t, but I did have a KYOOPON. Got us a pretty good deal.”
I am of the humble opinion that if I’m the one taking the time and making the effort to use the KYOOPON and saving us money with the KYOOPONS, then I am a little bit more right than he is.
Regardless of who is more right (that would be me), I don’t know WHAT happened to me this week, but TWICE I said it wrong. Wrong I tell you.
We had loved trying the V8 V-Fusion a few weeks ago and I found a KYOOPON for another bottle. So I splurged, used the KYOOPON and bought us another variety to try.
The kids were so excited, Matt was so excited, I was so excited.
I poured a little into six glasses, one for each of us and we had it with our meal. I happily shared that I’d bought the treat because I had a KOOPON.
Asa (our oldest son, and the one who has the gift to ALWAYS catch mistakes) (and point them out) said, “Mom! Did you just say KOOPON?”
“No, of course not! I would never say that. I said KYOOPON. I bought it because I had a KYOOPON,” I said firmly.
And then Justus (who often appears not to be listening, but usually IS listening) piped in with, “No Mom. I’m pretty sure you really said KOOPON.”
Matt was just sitting there with a smirk. “Yes, as a matter of fact, you did say KOOPON. Finally you said it right.”
I shook my head (and maybe threw a pea at someone who was smirking) and we carried on with our meal.
A few minutes later, Elias randomly asked if we could have bacon sandwiches soon. I said, “Sure…I actually got some turkey bacon at the store yesterday with a KOOPON.”
And everyone burst out laughing.
I don’t really think bacon sandwiches are that funny, but whatever.
“Mom, you said KOOPON again.” (Asa, of course)
“For REAL? I said KOOPON?”
Matt (same smirky grin): “Yep. KOO-PON.”
Bah. Just another example of me saying something and my family not hearing me correctly. Story of my life.
Or, maybe it is in fact that I’ve been around enough people who pronounce it KOOPON that I’m starting to say it wrong now. I’ve got to get my act together.
So…your turn to chime in. Which way do you say “coupon”?
KOOPON or KYOOPON?
(If you pronounce it KOOPON, I promise I won’t throw peas at you.)