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Old 02-24-2014, 06:48 PM
Location: MD suburbs of DC
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I'm from the East Coast and have always pronounced "sure" as "sher." I've heard people pronounce it like "shore" though. Seemed kinda random to me.

As for the rhoticity discussion, having lived in NYC before (as a child, later completely lost the accent), I noticed a bit of a social class barrier - upper class people are usually rhotic whereas lower-income people are non-rhotic. If I remember correctly, I myself pronounced "r" when on a stressed syllable (and of course, when followed by a vowel), but not on an unstressed one - "car wash" would get the "r" pronounced whereas "master" would not.

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Old 08-08-2016, 07:37 PM
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I'm from England and everyone i have ever spoken to says 'sure' and not 'sher' and everyone says 'for' and not 'fer' maybe it's just an American thing to say 'Sher' and 'Fer' and maybe multiple other pronunciation things such as that, but in England people say both ' "This is FOR you" "What is this FOR?" and not '"This is FER you" "What is this FER?" it just sounds better in my ears to say 'sure' or 'for' and not 'sher' and 'fer'.
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:00 PM
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Mightyqueen801 View Post
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.
Yes, that's the "cot/caught" merger. Common in vast parts of the country.

Sure is generally "sher" in California. Speaking slowly and making a point to enunciate, many people will say "shoor" (shoo + er, but not distinctly two syllables), but in normal speech, this usually gets reduced to "sher."
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