This article was originally published in The News-Enterprise on July 6, 2018.

Janece Harrington, 17, posed a simple question Saturday on Twitter wondering how people pronounce “caramel.”

The tweet read, “How do you pronounce caramel? Rt if you say: (care-a-mel) Like if you say: (car-mull)”

For non-Twitter users, rt means “retweet.”


She had a few responses on the day she posted it, Harrington said.

At the time, she was visiting Los Angeles with her mother, Tonya. They went to the mall the next morning and her phone started buzzing constantly. The internet had jumped on her question.

“It was Twitter notifications going on like crazy,” Harrington said.

The responses had grown to 200 likes and 100 retweets and then she said it blew up to the point she had to turn notifications off on her phone.

By July 3, the internet was taking notice. Har­rington had gone viral.

“I thought it was kind of crazy,” she said.

A friend texted her and told her she was mentioned in a story on the BuzzFeed website, which called it a Twitter war.

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