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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 01-27-2014, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I've started trying to emphasize the "i" more, but the "e" still slips in sometimes.
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: MD suburbs of DC
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Malk, obviously.

But seriously, I pronounce it like "ilk."
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Old 09-15-2015, 05:21 PM
 
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Someone needs to write a new dictionary, since apparently half the people in this country don't pronounce words the way they're supposed to be pronounced.
English is a living language which is constantly changing thus branching out to many branches of variation. It can change and vary in pronunciation, grammatical structure, and in meaning of vocabulary as well. Therefore I believe that we the speakers do not have to worry about prescribed notions about how a word "should" be pronounced. Instead, take notice of the way we natives speak. If no misunderstandings come from me saying "milk", I'll keep saying that way.
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Old 09-15-2015, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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Mehilk
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Old 09-15-2015, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Woodinville
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Malk, obviously.
Now with Vitamin R!
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Old 09-15-2015, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Miami, Floroda
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"Melk". I'm from Michigan.
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Old 09-16-2015, 12:26 AM
 
Location: I'm around here someplace :)
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I personally say "melk". "Mihlk" sounds weird to me...though I'm sure others probably would disagree!

If you respond to the poll, please say where you're from.
Pronounced the way it's spelled- m-ILK.
I don't recall hearing it pronounced any other way, but maybe I just haven't been listening.
From: "directly outside of NYC."

But if you really want regional differences, without turning it into a tongue-twister, get people to say:
"Mary is merry because she is going to marry hairy Harry."
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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In Wisconsin, it's "M'ILK." Have heard MELK from some Michigangers. That one hurts my ears, for some reason.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Rhymes with silk. Live in Maryland. I don't recall ever hearing it pronounced any other way.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Malk, obviously.

But seriously, I pronounce it like "ilk."
That's the way my cousins used to pronounce it in the Hispanic area of North Denver. "Malk", as in "Mallet".
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