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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 01-01-2016, 08:43 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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I pronounce it as it rhymes with silk.
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Old 01-01-2016, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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I always say Milk as it's spelled. I originally (and currently) am from the phantom state of the twin tiers (PA/NY).
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Old 09-29-2016, 11:06 PM
 
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I always say Milk as it's spelled. I originally (and currently) am from the phantom state of the twin tiers (PA/NY).
But see....what if milk and silk share the same vowel BUT you pronounce them both as "El"? This seems to be the case in the West Coast and Canada near Vancouver I believe.
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Old 09-30-2016, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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I have never heard anyone say "Melk" before
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Old 10-01-2016, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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"Yuck."
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:54 AM
 
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Murk.
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Old 10-01-2016, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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But see....what if milk and silk share the same vowel BUT you pronounce them both as "El"? This seems to be the case in the West Coast and Canada near Vancouver I believe.
I'm from Oregon, never heard anyone pronounce it "melk". Now warsh, as in "warsh your hands" is another story.
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Old 10-01-2016, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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But see....what if milk and silk share the same vowel BUT you pronounce them both as "El"? This seems to be the case in the West Coast and Canada near Vancouver I believe.
We say M I L K the same as S I L K, we do not say M E L K.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:05 PM
 
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We say M I L K the same as S I L K, we do not say M E L K.
I never said the vowels are merged.

I said that the sound could be similar to an E as heard in Standard English pronunciation. Big difference there.

What you HEAR in yourself is different than what you actually say. Just because you don't rhyme ilk with elk doesn't mean that ilk has the vowel sound you think it does.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I never said the vowels are merged.

I said that the sound could be similar to an E as heard in Standard English pronunciation. Big difference there.

What you HEAR in yourself is different than what you actually say. Just because you don't rhyme ilk with elk doesn't mean that ilk has the vowel sound you think it does.
The lip formations when one says E L K are different than I L K.

We say M I L K here in Vancouver, nothing close to M E L K.
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