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’98 Seconds with Naomi Lynn’ – Do Central New Yorkers Know What a Paczki Is?

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In this week’s “98 Seconds” video, Naomi Lynn has a little fun testing her Central New York coworkers on a Fat Tuesday tradition that none of them knew about.

The last “98 Seconds with Naomi Lynn” video had Central New Yorkers guessing the correct pronunciation of certain Southeast Michigan street names and city names. Following that same theme, there is a special tradition for Fat Tuesday that’s very popular in big polish communities (like around metro Detroit, Chicago, and other parts of the Midwest).

She showed her coworkers a card with a word on it… The word was “Paczki.” Naomi asked her coworkers to guess how to say the word, and then asked what they thought a “Paczki” was.

It was pretty interesting to see that most of the people in the video pronounced “Paczki” the same (even though they were all wrong), but everyone had a different guess for what it was. Only one person guessed it was a type of food, which was the closest answer (but still wrong).

So what exactly is a “Paczki,” and what does it have to do with Fat Tuesday? Well, watch the video (at the top of this page), and find out. And see how Central New Yorkers pronounce the word, and what they think it is.


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