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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%
Voters: 377. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-07-2014, 09:18 AM
Status: "Summer!" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Milk rhymes with silk.

Originally from Massachusetts.

Years ago (mid to late 90's) when I was in the Air Force I was watching an infomercial on TV about a special pillow filled with buckwheat husks called the Sobakowa Pillow.....

The hostess of the infomercial was a blonde lady and she kept pronouncing the word PILLOW as PELLOW..

She must have said the word PELLOW at least 200 times during that freaking infomercial....

I wanted to throw my TV out of the window!!!!!!!!!!!!......

Don't you think that a prerequisite of hosting an infomercial on national TV about a PILLOW should be....

THAT YOU CAN FREAKING PRONOUNCE THE WORD PILLOW CORRECTLY!!!!!!!!......

I can't believe the producer, director, or the owner of the PILLOW company didn't pick up on it!!!!!!

Seriously.....

She said PELLOW at least 200 times.
I too can relate. When I lived in Champaign, IL I worked with a woman from Chicago who said "melk", "bud" for bed, etc. Drove me nuts!
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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Here's another one...

How do you pronounce the name of our nation's capital city?

A relative of mine says War-shing-ton.

I. Can't. Stand. It.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:26 PM
 
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Here's another one...

How do you pronounce the name of our nation's capital city?

A relative of mine says War-shing-ton.

I. Can't. Stand. It.
Definitely not like that.

Wa-shing-tin.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Southwest Michigan/Miami Beach Miami
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Milk as in Silk as in Milk as in Silk..Milky Silky.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I work with a guy who says "adelt" for "adult" and "sy-REEN" for "siren", but I think it's just that he's an idiot. He grew up in Newark, NJ, and no one else I know from there talks like that.
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Ahh, OK - this makes sense. We would not say "HAY -ree" for "hairy." We do not say "MAY-ree" for "Mary" or "merry" OR "marry!" That's just not in the mix whatsoever.

The "a" sound in all those words, for the vast majority of people I know, would be along the lines of "ehhh."

"Hehhhr- y" "Mehhhr-y"
HAD to revive this thread, especially for Kathryn.

Last weekend I was at a writers' retreat, and there was an agent there who DID pronounce Harry Potter as "Hairy Potter".

I giggled to myself and immediately thought of this thread.

She is originally from Pittsburgh.
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:15 PM
 
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HAD to revive this thread, especially for Kathryn.

Last weekend I was at a writers' retreat, and there was an agent there who DID pronounce Harry Potter as "Hairy Potter".

I giggled to myself and immediately thought of this thread.

She is originally from Pittsburgh.
The difference in pronunciation is very subtle, and I would bet it's indistinguishable for most:

hair·y
[ hérree ]

har·ry
[ hárree ]
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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The difference in pronunciation is very subtle, and I would bet it's indistinguishable for most:

hair·y
[ hérree ]

har·ry
[ hárree ]
It probably would be indistinguishable to me, since where I live there is a clear difference between the two words.
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:35 PM
 
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It probably would be indistinguishable to me, since where I live there is a clear difference between the two words.
Did you mean distinguishable? If I remember correctly you live in Charlotte...I don't hear any difference between those two words in your area, but then again people pronounce many words differently based on education and upbringing. I don't think there is any one overwhelmingly heard pronunciation of these two words that is strikingly different from each other.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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HAD to revive this thread, especially for Kathryn.

Last weekend I was at a writers' retreat, and there was an agent there who DID pronounce Harry Potter as "Hairy Potter".

I giggled to myself and immediately thought of this thread.

She is originally from Pittsburgh.
Awwwww, BLESS HER HEART!
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