I noticed on my way home last night that The Caribbean apartment building has put up their Christmas decorations. It’s pretty similar to many of the buildings in Vancouver’s West End, and doesn’t really stand out.
So why am I posting about it?
Because every time my boyfriend and I walk by, we inevitably end up in a discussion about the correct pronunciation of its name.
One of us pronounces it with a stress on the second syllable (“ker-RIB-ee-an”) while the other puts the stress on the third (“ker-i-BEE-uhn”).
But of course once we’ve both said the name each way out loud a couple of times, we trip ourselves up and can’t decide which sounds better.
Is this simply a case of tom-ey-to/tom-a-to, or is there actually a correct way to pronounce Caribbean?
Perhaps we’ll never know, and this can be added to the list of life’s great mysteries.
How do you say it?