I don't like coming off as a dunce, so I've figured out how to say it the "French way," if you want to call it that. It just kind of irks me when people correct me with "macaroon" as if I'm the one who's misinformed (and I kind of look retarded, because they're just like "WTF is this girl smoking, WTH is a "macaron"?). I don't argue, just raise an eyebrow, because, really, no one needs to get into a tiff right before diving into a pastry.
They're so popular now, why do people still call them "macaroons," ala "racoons" - or is this just a Texas thing that I'm running into? I don't believe there are two different pronunciations. Macarons and macaroons are two completely different cookies. Also, I believe that restaurants and bakeries serving such cookies should know what they are and how to pronounce them!
I rue the day when I encounter a bakery that serves both cookies. Woe for both for its staff and its customers.
P.S. - I'm not in an angry blind rage. I will continue ordering and eating them happily regardless of how many times I appear like a fool.