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View Poll Results: How do you say "milk"?
"Milk", rhymes with "silk" or "ilk" 322 85.41%
"Melk", rhymes with "elk" 49 13.00%
Other 6 1.59%
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:02 PM
 
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Never thought of that one. I think I would giggle like an immature schoolgirl if I heard someone call a person named Harry "Hairy".
I think I'd giggle if I heard the name Harry pronounced any other way!
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:29 PM
 
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Harry is pronounced with the a as in actual
Hairy is pronounced with the air as in air

Marry, merry, Mary are all different as well. Lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Mississippi and Texas and it's interesting how people can really mess up the pronunciation of a word and think it's correct despite the dictionary showing otherwise.

The weirdest mispronunciation I have heard is the word "boil". A coworker in MS was verbally giving me a recipe and her pronunciation of crab boil sounded like she was saying crab ball.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:36 PM
 
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Time for a Quiz!

How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:10 PM
 
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Harry is pronounced with the a as in actual
Hairy is pronounced with the air as in air

Marry, merry, Mary are all different as well. Lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Mississippi and Texas and it's interesting how people can really mess up the pronunciation of a word and think it's correct despite the dictionary showing otherwise.
mar·ry verb \ˈmer-ē, ˈma-rē\
Marry - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

mer·ry adjective \ˈmer-ē, ˈme-rē\
Merry - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Mary noun \ˈmer-ē, ˈma-rē, ˈmā-rē\
Mary - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Wow -the same pronunciation for all three words - and the first usage of it (ie, the most common) in the Merriam Webster dictionary! (Mer'-ee-um - LOL).

So - I guess those who say all three words alike aren't "messing up the pronunciation" after all!

By the way -

hairy adjective \ˈher-ē\
Hairy - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

har·ry transitive verb \ˈher-ē, ˈha-rē\
Harry - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary



Say it ain't so!
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:12 PM
 
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Facts are so much fun. Let's look at the word "milk."

milk noun \ˈmilk\
Milk - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Oh, and "silk."

silk noun, often attributive \ˈsilk\
Silk - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:00 PM
 
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mar·ry verb \ˈmer-ē, ˈma-rē\
Marry - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

mer·ry adjective \ˈmer-ē, ˈme-rē\
Merry - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Mary noun \ˈmer-ē, ˈma-rē, ˈmā-rē\
Mary - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Wow -the same pronunciation for all three words - and the first usage of it (ie, the most common) in the Merriam Webster dictionary! (Mer'-ee-um - LOL).

So - I guess those who say all three words alike aren't "messing up the pronunciation" after all!

By the way -

hairy adjective \ˈher-ē\
Hairy - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

har·ry transitive verb \ˈher-ē, ˈha-rē\
Harry - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary



Say it ain't so!
Oh, come on! You know NY/NJ is authority and EVERYONE else is wrong.
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:57 PM
 
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mar·ry verb \ˈmer-ē, ˈma-rē\
Marry - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

mer·ry adjective \ˈmer-ē, ˈme-rē\
Merry - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Mary noun \ˈmer-ē, ˈma-rē, ˈmā-rē\
Mary - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Wow -the same pronunciation for all three words - and the first usage of it (ie, the most common) in the Merriam Webster dictionary! (Mer'-ee-um - LOL).

So - I guess those who say all three words alike aren't "messing up the pronunciation" after all!

By the way -

hairy adjective \ˈher-ē\
Hairy - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

har·ry transitive verb \ˈher-ē, ˈha-rē\
Harry - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary



Say it ain't so!
There's also the alternate pronunciations, though, the ones you didn't bold. It's hard for me personally to understand how anyone can possibly say those 3 words the same. It makes my skin crawl.

Not that we're not guilty of pronouncing things weird, either. Cawfee, tawk, etc.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Harry is pronounced with the a as in actual
Hairy is pronounced with the air as in air
IMHO Harry rhymes with Marry, and Hairy rhymes with Mary.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Never thought of that one. I think I would giggle like an immature schoolgirl if I heard someone call a person named Harry "Hairy".
Same here. In fact I did laugh when a friend from the Midwest said the name "Harriet" and it sounded like "hairy-it," which is not something you want to call a lady. (Wait, I think I've posted about this somewhere before).

Another example I find funny is ferry. Some people pronounce it the same as "fairy." "We're going to ride the fairy across the river!" I'm waiting for Tinkerbelle to show up and take us by the hand.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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Same here. In fact I did laugh when a friend from the Midwest said the name "Harriet" and it sounded like "hairy-it," which is not something you want to call a lady. (Wait, I think I've posted about this somewhere before).

Another example I find funny is ferry. Some people pronounce it the same as "fairy." "We're going to ride the fairy across the river!" I'm waiting for Tinkerbelle to show up and take us by the hand.
fer·ry verb \ˈfer-ē, ˈfe-rē\
Ferry - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

fairy noun \ˈfer-ē\
Fairy - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
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