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Old 07-12-2012, 08:40 PM
 
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I've noticed, I'm not sure if it's a new development or not, that lately people have been pronouncing soft i's more like they were soft e's, so 'bin' becomes 'ben', 'miss' becomes 'mess', 'kit' becomes 'ket', and so on.

Apparently this is a Southern thing, has anyone else noticed this? I don't live in the South but it seems like there is a vowel shift going on in North America. E's also seem to be moving up to more of an o.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:44 PM
 
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you've got it mixed up, pen becomes pin, Ben becomes bin, but mess doesn't become miss, and ket (whatever that is) doesn't become kit
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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you've got it mixed up, pen becomes pin, Ben becomes bin, but mess doesn't become miss, and ket (whatever that is) doesn't become kit
This has been my experience, and in fact I do this to some extent. One exception I remember from my days in TN was occasionally I'd hear someone with a really thick accent pronounce "sit" as "set". As in, "I was just settin' in my chair..." But for all I know that may not be an odd pronunciation; they may have actually been intentionally using the word "set" instead of "sit".
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:52 AM
 
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^ I do the pin/pen merger, and I have heard some people say "set" instead of "sit" but I think they just have their vocabulary mixed up, like you said. It's like how people say "lay down" instead of "lie down"
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Yes, and some say "wonder" when they mean "wander".

"I wondered around the mall for an hour before I met up with them."
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:13 AM
 
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Yes, and some say "wonder" when they mean "wander".

"I wondered around the mall for an hour before I met up with them."
haha, yeah I hear that a lot too
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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Yes, and some say "wonder" when they mean "wander".

"I wondered around the mall for an hour before I met up with them."
Here its the oppisite, vowels are sharper so it would be
I wander whats going to happen next?
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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I thought this was going to be about Pennsylvania and Mississippi merging to form a single state.
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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I thought this was going to be about Pennsylvania and Mississippi merging to form a single state.
According to James Carville, they already did.
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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Here its the oppisite, vowels are sharper so it would be
I wander whats going to happen next?
I was actually talking about people typing "wonder" when they mean "wander". Which...doesn't really fit into this thread I guess, since it's about speaking and not typing.
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