It's a debate as old as time. Well, a debate old as chicken parmigiana anyway. Not a week goes by that I don't log onto Twitter and see one or two people hurling insults back and forth over one question... Is the proper slang term for a chicken parmigiana "parma" or "parmy".
Quick side note - by "Parmy" I am referring to all spelling variations of that pronunciation , be it parmy, parmi or parmie.
Even my brothers in arms, the other parmigiana review sites around the country, can't seem to agree. We've got ParmiHunter and Brisbane's Best Parma Queensland, All The Parmis and Parmys of Perth in Western Australia, Chicken Parmi's of Darwin and ParmasofMelbourne. It's enough to make your head spin.
The problem seems to come down to one thing - Should the slang term be based on how you say parmigiana or how you spell parmigiana. The standard Aussie dialect would pronounce it "parm-A-gee-arna", yet the word is spelled parm-I-giana. And that difference in opinion is pretty much the entire kerfuffle in a nutshell.
From what I've seen its a very regional thing. South Australia and WA are pro-parmi yet over here in Victoria we are team parma (with the exception of Geelong, for some reason). Sydney is a pretty firmly on the fence and Tasmania take the odd route and often refer to it as a "schnitzel with parma topping".
The response from Victorians was, the response from everywhere else was pretty quiet - but seeing as I used the Melbourne-based ParmaDaze social media sites to get the word out its hardly unexpected. Anyway, but without further adieu, here's what you said...
Pretty much as I expected! Would have loved to get some more votes from states other than Victoria, but what are you gonna do?
What do I think? Well you just have to look at the website address to work out what I say, but, contrary to popular opinion (especially the one guy who said "people who say parmy should be shot out of a cannon into the sun") I don't begrudge anyone for saying it however they want. When it comes down to it we're arguing about slang, a colloquialism, which by definition is informal -
col·lo·qui·al·ismkəˈlōkwēəˌlizəmnouna word or phrase that is not formal or literary, typically one used in ordinary or familiar conversation.
As Shakespeare said "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet", and a parma, by any other name would still taste as delicious.
(but it's totally parma)