Watching the adorable John Besh, who was born in Meridian, Mississippi, and raised in south Louisiana, I heard him pronouncing "oyster" as "oyshter." (He was making this fried oyster salad: http://www.coastalliving.com/food/kit... ).
I am from Florida, and I pronounce it "oy-ster."
How do you pronounce it, and where are you from? I would love to hear the different regional variations, not that there could be too many with a two-syllable word, I suppose.
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word oyster comes to us thusly: ""oyster
mid-14c., from O.Fr. oistre (Fr. huître), from L. ostrea, pl. or fem. of ostreum "oyster," from Gk. ostreon, from PIE *ost- "bone" (see osseous). Related to Gk. ostrakon "hard shell" and to osteon "bone."
Why then the world's mine Oyster, which I, with sword will open. [Shakespeare, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," II.ii.2]"" http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?t...