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Aussies Are Fiercely Debating How To Pronounce 'Passiona'

Aussies Are Fiercely Debating How To Pronounce 'Passiona'

Much like the potato scallop vs potato cake and chicken parmy vs chicken parma debate, Australians are once again locked in a heated dispute over the pronunciation of popular passionfruit-flavoured soft drink, Passiona.

The delicious and orangey coloured drink has been a favourite in the country for decades.

However, Aussies have been beefing about how you're meant to say it, with loads of people not realising it could even be said a different way.

It all kicked off after former Kyle and Jackie O executive producer, Bruno Bouchet, posted to Twitter that 'it's actually pronounced 'pash-owe-nah', not 'pash-ee-owe-nah'.

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Some followers were shocked after learning the information, with one Passiona fan replying: "I've been pronouncing this wrong the last three years! Banger of a beverage though."

But like any staunch opposition to classic Aussie staple, the conversation quickly erupted into a heated debate over the 'right' way of saying Passiona, with one user refuting that Wikipedia notes that the pronunciation of the drink is, in fact, the more widely-used 'pash-ee-owe-nah'.

However, the same user also added that an advertisement from 1927 - prior to being obtained by Schweppes - contrastingly noted that it's pronounced 'pash-ona'.

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The vast majority of Twitter users flat-out refused to acknowledge that it was anything other than the tried and true blue 'pash-ee-owe-nah', with another comment asserting: "Nope, pash-ee-owe-nah, always was, always will be."

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A third referenced a quote from Harry Potter, saying: "I'm not having it, Hermione. Only 'pash-ee-owe-nah' shall pass these lips."

Meanwhile, other users simply used the opportunity to voice their distaste for the syrup-laden liquid.

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"Wow, as a kid I always pronounced it "bleerk-imgonna-puke-thatisdisgusting," one salty user said, as another concurred, adding: "Well however its pronounced, it belongs on the cat vomit tier..."

Amid the riveting discussion, Bouchet later tweeted beverage giant Schweppes Australia to ask them to settle the debate once and for all, writing: "Yo @SchweppesAus ... any chance you could please weigh in on the proper pronunciation of Passiona? Thanks heaps."

At the time of writing, they have yet to respond to the pressing issue.

The soft drink that is described as 'pure juice from luscious passion fruit (without the seeds)' was first developed in 1924 by Lismore farmer Spencer Cottee, who was looking for a way to make the most of his his abundance of passionfruit, and soon became the foundation product of the Cottee's range.

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These days, Passiona is owned by Schweppes Australia.

Featured Image Credit: Schweppes Australia

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