Why worry about pronunciation? What is there in an accent? You may ask. More often than not, it leads to misunderstanding. As it could have happened between S and his mom.
For the novice ,
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum, synonym C. zeylanicum) is a small evergreen tree belonging to the family Lauraceae, native to Sri Lanka, or the spice obtained from the tree’s bark. It is often confused with other, similar species and the spices derived from them, such as Cassia and Cinnamomum burmannii, which are also often called cinnamon.
Yes,not only can people confuse between different varieties, they can get confused with calling cinnamon as “chinnaman” loosely translated to “Small Man”.
M: S, vungaluku chinnaman annupuchiruken.
S: Ennadhu, chinnaman..a , appadina?
M: Adhan kanna, podi
S: Chinnaman..ina podiathane irrukanum. Sari, Adhu edhuku ippo?
M: Neenga Saapatuku use pannalamenu dhan. India..la cheapa irruku.
S: Saapatuka????? Oh!! Shoba cake ellam bake pannuvale. Adhuku decorationa irrukumna. Cheap..a kadachidina idhellam anuparadha.
M: Verum decoration illa. Adha cake oda mix panniyum sappidalam.
S: Sappadilama?? Adhena edible Chinnaman..a?? Edhula panniyirukan.
M: Andha podi..a? Eppavum pola, kattaia podi pannidhan.
S: Ayyo Amma!! Kattaila eedhu chinnaman?? Adhoda spelling sollungalen.
M: ‘C’ ‘H’ ‘I’ ‘N’ ‘A’ ‘M’ ‘A’ ‘N’
S: OK. ‘Chinaman’ bommaia.. Sari, ‘Chinaman’ Chinnada irrupandhan. Adhanale, ‘Chinnaman’..nu solradhu romba too much.
M: Naan correcta dhane sonnen.
S: Appo kudutha rendu Japanese bommai..oda oru chinese bommaium vacchu decorate panna vendiadhu dhan. Romba thanks!!
Now, S thinks he has been enlightened and Mother hangs up the phone ,flabbergasted,wondering what mistake she did.
I got enlightened to follow up my Sudoku solver with this, when M pronounced it as such while browsing in a grocery store.