1. Been = "Bin"
2. Caramel = Car-a-mel, hence that "a" right there in the middle. Carmel is an affluent area of North California
3. Bowie = "Boo-ey", his name was pronounced that way, so I don't see why the knife named after him should be any different
4. Crayon = "Cray-ahn"
5. Coleslaw - yes you can call it slaw, just like you can call a sedan a car. All coleslaw is slaw, but not all slaw is coleslaw. Know what I mean?
6. Lawyer = "Law-yer" - seems pretty straight forward
7. Addressing a group of people - "y'all" and I say it a lot
8. Mayonaise = "Man-aze" - too many syllables, so we cut a few out
9. Pajamas = growing up, it was always "Pa-jah-mas", but when I moved to Baton Rouge, I noticed all my NOLA friends said "pa-jam-ahs"
10. Pecan = "Puh-cahn" - if you say it any other way, I scoff at you. If you say "pee-can pray-leen", I will break your face.
11. Soft drinks = Coke. Everything's a Coke. Or a cold drink. But then cold drink could be tea or lemonade as well...
12. Crawfish - there is no other acceptable way to say this. Louisiana produces about 90% of the US crawfish supply. I think we know what to call 'em.
13. Roundabout - I also say traffic circle sometimes, but in Baton Rouge (which is the first place I came across one) it was roundabout.
14. Syrup - "Sir-up" - "Seer-up" sounds stupid.
15. Sandwich - Po-boy or sub
16. Water fountain
17. Tennis shows or running shoes
18. Highway or interstate
19. Sunny and raining - not a specific term that I use very often, even though it happens pretty frequently. I like the term "sunshower" so I might integrate that.
20. "The City" = New Orleans
21. Drive through liquor store - I call those "awesome", or more frequently "beer barn"
22. Mary/merry/marry - All three are different (I think). Now I just feel like an idiot sitting here saying "Mary", "Merry", "Marry" out loud.