Let’s take a quick poll: Would you please say the word we use to describe the boiled and baked ring of dough commonly eaten with cream cheese? Now let’s isolate the first vowel. Are you hearing a long “a” sound, or more of an “eh” like in “egg?” How do you pronounce bagel? As it turns out, some of our friends in the Midwest have a distinctive, pause-invoking pronunciation of this East Coast breakfast staple. Dig into coffee and bagels with the morning news team at Minneapolis/St. Paul-based CBS station WCCO and observe the phenomenon in action. Don’t you just wonder how she’d pronounce “schmear?” And forget kreplach.