If you are like most of the Kratom world you do not possess a ton of confidence when attempting to pronounce the word Kratom. Then there are times when you feel absolutely confident in your chosen pronunciation until of course you come across another individual who confidently pronounces it completely different. So with all of the different ways that people pronounce it… How do you pronounce Kratom? What is the proper way?
Kratom and it’s Proper Pronunciation
Kratom comes from the Thai language. It is defined as a tropical evergreen tree of the coffee plant family that is grown in Southeast Asia and is consumed as a sedative or a stimulant. But are we pronouncing it correctly? The truth is, according to the Oxford dictionary anyway, there are actually two ways to pronounce it correctly and those are as Krat•um which rhymes with “atom” and as Kray•tum, pronounced with a long “ay” sound. Both seem to be equally used and accepted in the Kratom universe. So there seems to be some flexibility.
Then there are additional pronunciations, such as Kruh•tom, “kruh” rhyming with “duh” and then the name Tom. This seems to be the way it is pronounced in English in Southeast Asia and has carried over to the states, but is much less common than the “Krat” and “Kray” pronunciations. Finally there is Kruh•tome, “Kruh” rhyming with “duh” and “tome” rhyming with “home”. This being the least popular in pronunciations, however can still be heard with some serious confidence by some Kratom enthusiasts.
So much like the varying dialect of words such as potato and tomato, or data, route and either, there seems to be a fluctuation in what is deemed the “proper” way to pronounce this word, Kratom. But if it still bothers you and you still feel unsure as to whether you are saying it right, you could always just start to referring to is as it’s scientific name of “Mitragyna Speciosa”…. How hard could that be?