Poutine… Poutin… A Sociolinguistic Look


About 2 weeks ago (almost) everyone in my class neglected to complete a homework assignment for a University sociolinguistics class, to which we were then given the task to head out on our campus during our tutorial time (almost as punishment) to complete an experiment discovering whether and how people pronounced or called objects and items by different names.


Being for a different country, I turned to social media, thought of theIt one thing that I’ve heard in Canada phonologically pronounced differently and posted a poll on FaceBook asking my social media friends how they pronounced the word.

It started out small, just my facebook friends, but slowly people started to share the post and within 6 hours it had hit 300 votes and 50 shares. I started seeing votes coming on the poll from people that I didn’t know.

What I wanted to know was how those around the word, but mainly in Canada pronounced the Canadian food, Poutine. I was then criticised for stating that Poutine was a “great food of Canada” sure it was made by the Quebecois, but it has become a National Canadian food, and the pronunciation of the food has been a nationally debated  phenomenon.

Comments started flying eventually

It’s really pronounced “putsin”


I am from Quebec I can assure you the pronunciation is not Poutine


“Its Poutine!!!Not poutin or pouteen….and its very good…with cheese curds and gravy…or Italienne any way made in Québec.Je Me Souviens” 

To which someone responded

“She wrote “Poutin” and “Pouteen” that was so people would understand what she meant for pronunciation. I’d probably take the bet that she knows it is Poutine.”

and another

“She even put “poutine” in the question.”


It reached all the corners of Canada, many corners of Europe, New Zealand, the USA, and Australia. With 270.9K votes, 18K comments, 877 shares and 2.2K likes 79% of people voted the pronunciation as /puːtiːn/ (poutine) and 21% /puːtIn/ (poutin).

There were many comments made about the Russian president, but even more made against my ability to spell the word properly and that I didn’t know where the food came from – excuse me friends I am

Canadian and I have had some fantastic Poutine in my life.

So as it stands, it seems that the debate still stands, the pronunciation of a majority of people may be poutine, but it seems that it still stands that there is a major debate, something that may never end.

This wasn’t an adventure,

but until the next one,



2 thoughts on “Poutine… Poutin… A Sociolinguistic Look

    1. Thank you very much! It was a great look into the views depending on geographical location. Would have been interesting to look at other demographics too.

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