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Old 07-14-2012, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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PA born and bred and I say it "sher".
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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I saw it shewr.

Sher v. Shore.................I hear both all the time.
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I notice most Americans say the word 'sure' like 'sher', but some say it like 'shore.' Is this a feature of General American in the Eastern US? Is 'sher' pretty much Western US, Midwest, western South? Is the 'sher' the dominant form and spreading to the East as well?

Same with 'ahrange' or 'or-range' for 'orange.' Is the former more 'Eastern' and the latter more standard/Western?

What other words are said differently from East to West? Which forms are tending to spread?
I am in New Jersey, and we say neither. It's "shoor", rhyming with "poor".
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: CT
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I don't know anyone who says shore, but I say it shoor, like moore.

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I am in New Jersey, and we say neither. It's "shoor", rhyming with "poor".
That's interesting, do you say poor like moore or pore? I say pore.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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shore and shoor sound exactly the same to me. They both rhyme with poor, moore, etc etc
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I don't know anyone who says shore, but I say it shoor, like moore.



That's interesting, do you say poor like moore or pore? I say pore.
Like "moore"
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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shore and shoor sound exactly the same to me. They both rhyme with poor, moore, etc etc
Really? That's interesting.

Do you say them more like the "ore" sound or the "oor" sound?

And do "poor" and "pore" sound the same to you, too?
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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Really? That's interesting.

Do you say them more like the "ore" sound or the "oor" sound?

And do "poor" and "pore" sound the same to you, too?
I can hear the difference now, but it's not something I think about, and I dont think I pronounce them differently.
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:27 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Now that you mention it, I grew up in FL (pronounced floor-duh, not flahrrridah )
The kids that were more influenced by new york/ upnorthy accents such as with parents from those regions or may have moved from those regions would have pronounced "sure" as "shore". I pronounce it sūre.
In a sentence: "Like, I'm so shore that's not a real Luis Vuitton bag"

Then again I hear some north ga nedrecks where I live now pronouncing it thattaway too.

By the way, I pronounce "orange"... ornj. Those other kids that say shore would call them R-inj.
Of course my dad who's born & raised in s. carolina calls them R-injes too. Then again he also talks of "dinosols"- those large creatures that used to roam the earth.
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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It's funny that we can sometimes have such different pronounciations. A friend and I were talking about the thread on the Writing forum where those of us who care about such things smack our foreheads over misused words and phrases. My friend said one that drives her nuts is on real estate sites--people use the term "rod iron" instead of "wrought iron". I was wondering how they could make such an error when "rod" and "wrought" don't even rhyme...and then I realized that in some parts of the country, they might.
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