How To Pronounce The Word “Cantaloupe”
My friend, you’ve been pronouncing “cantaloupe” wrong your entire life. You probably pronounce it as cantalope which in some regards is correct, although in many regards it is wrong. I think it serves our morals best if we do our due diligence and pay our respects to the much revered melon by correctly articulating its name. Cantaloop is the correct form of enunciation and there is hardcore scientific evidence to back up this not-so-radical claim.
The roots of the cantaloupe stem back into the late 18th century, with French origins pertaining to cantaloup. This emanated from Cantaluppi near Rome where it was first grown in Europe after being introduced from Armenia (Dictionary.com). In both of these contexts we are exposed to the pronunciation as having the loop sound. Perhaps it is the Western culture feverishly making its attempt to homogenize pronunciation of fruits (see: tomato), but I foresee a deeper issue in which we simply take the melon for granted. The cantaloupe doesn’t serve us, we serve the cantaloupe. Relationships are important in our culture which is why we take on obstacles in intimate bonds and strive to keep mutual affinity intact.
The idea that cantalope could exist in our romance culture is absurd. Colloquially speaking, saying cantalope sounds very similar to the phrase “can’t elope” which refers to the negation of escaping solidarity in the spur of the moment. What an awful mishearing to have in our culture’s relationship discourse! Not being able to wed your newfound lover is a stark contrast to someone mentioning the Cantaloupe and the glory that be. We cannot have such miscommunication arousing unnecessary emotions. Moreover having a proper distinction is vital to us as cognition-abled beings.
In the metaphysical world, what is a cantaloupe? Surely it’s a melon of great taste and importance, but perhaps there’s more to the fruit than meets the mouth. The Cantaloupe is an edible object that obscures rational representation of fruits; the melon renders the moment right before a tangible fruit disintegrates into pure abstraction. Do you hear what I’m hearing? It’s the loophole of fruit-ology — the cantaloophole if you will. You see, on a subconscious level we fear this cantaloophole because we don’t like being wrong. Accepting defeat, however, allows for growth and prosperity. Take control of your mind, look this melon in the eyes, and call it for what it really is: a cantaloop.
It’s humbling to know what we don’t know. To this extent it’s encouraging to believe that there will always be something to improve. This is The Cantaloupe’s world and we’re all just living in it, my friend. Take some initiative and trust that your audacity to make strides in unconventional pronunciation is worthwhile. The right path is not over there, it’s under where — underwear — the Fruit Of The Looms dictate our existence in partnership with the melon. We can’t ditch this partnership and we can’t elope. This is the loophole, the cantaloophole, in which we are succumbed to the overpowering appeal that is The Cantaloupe.