Stalker was chatting this month to an avid reader, an unusual occurrence it has to be said, when the reader challenged Stalker to pronounce quinoa. Of course Stalker employed a faux mid-Atlantic drawl, but still managed to repeatedly mispronounce the word. Stalker 's interlocutor smirked and proudly enunciated the "proper" way to pronounce it, his peaty bog tones softened by manys a long year in London. Stalker demurred slightly, but was heartened by a recent bit of academia which roundly condemns any received or proper modes of pronunciation. You say tomat-o, I say tomat-a, you say quin-o-a, I say quin-ae. Letís call the whole thing off.