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Is it croppie or crappie? I never know for sure. I thought it was croppie but...

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  • #31
    In Georgia it is pronounced just as it is spelled, crappie.

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    • #32
      In middle and west Tennessee as well as Mississippi where my Dad grew up, it is pronounced "croppie" and spelled "crappie" although I doubt my father ever spelled it in his life! He just KNEW how to catch them. My uncle, Roy Barber, of Tullahoma, TN once was called the Crappie King in an article somewhere. He was a champion crappie fisherman (deceased) now but I'd say my Dad was at least a Prince and my brother has followed that tradition.

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      • #33
        This fish, like others, has dozens of names. Strawberry bass, oswego bass, new light, light, spec, papermouth...on and on. They are all correct because they are nicknames and not the scientific name. So you may call them what you want.
        The problem is how to pronounce the word crappie. Here you have NO wiggle room if you want to be correct. In English, we follow rules of grammar that assist us with pronunciation and sentence structure. When dealing with words that contain double consonants, the preceding vowel sounding is ALWAYS shortened. Long vowel sounds "say the name of the vowel," like in,(a), say, lay, and way. The short vowel sound for (a) is like: has, glad, pad, happy. There is one additional rule. When the double consonants are LL's, then and only then may you use the "stressed" version of the vowel sound (a) like in wall, hall, stall.
        Some folks like to confuse words like papa and talapia, but they do not count because they do not contain double consonants. You will not find one word with double consonants that doesn't have the "a"pple short vowel sounding of the letter a. Only ones with double LL's.
        So, if you are pronouncing crappie. It sounds happy.
        Should you pronounce it croppie, you must spell it as such. I always ask folks that pronounce crappie as croppie if I can take them Boss fishing! (Bass has double consonants)
        Also, crap has one p. So if you are concerned with eating crap, it comes with one side of p. Crappie on the other hand, are delicious fish!
        Hope this helps.

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        • #34
          Here is the correct way of pronouncing it. With even an added bonus of name origination

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