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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 01-03-2014, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Northeast Ohio
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I say Melk and live in northeast Ohio.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:58 PM
 
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I'm from New York City. It's "milk" around here! Are there actually parts of the country where people say melk?
There are also people in parts of the country who pronounce "Merry Christmas" like "Marry Christmas". Those people tend to say "Mary", "merry", and "marry" the same or very similarly.

Could you imagine? "Marry Christmas!" We're marrying Christmas!! How fun.

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Old 01-03-2014, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I'm from the deep south and have lived in east Texas for 25 years.

I say "milk" rhyming with "silk."

And I say "merry," "marry," and "Mary" all exactly the same. And the really weird thing is that no one I ever say those words to has any trouble understanding exactly what I mean! I've never even had anyone anywhere anytime say anything like, "Wow, you said that weird." Go figgur!
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:35 PM
 
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I'm from the deep south and have lived in east Texas for 25 years.

I say "milk" rhyming with "silk."

And I say "merry," "marry," and "Mary" all exactly the same. And the really weird thing is that no one I ever say those words to has any trouble understanding exactly what I mean! I've never even had anyone anywhere anytime say anything like, "Wow, you said that weird." Go figgur!
Well, I'd probably know what you mean, too, but hearing someone say "Marry Christmas" I'd probably do a double take!
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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There are also people in parts of the country who pronounce "Merry Christmas" like "Marry Christmas". Those people tend to say "Mary", "merry", and "marry" the same or very similarly.

Could you imagine? "Marry Christmas!" We're marrying Christmas!! How fun.
Personally I say "Murray Christmas." I'm pretty sure it's a holdover from my family being from Philadelphia originally.

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And I say "merry," "marry," and "Mary" all exactly the same. And the really weird thing is that no one I ever say those words to has any trouble understanding exactly what I mean! I've never even had anyone anywhere anytime say anything like, "Wow, you said that weird." Go figgur!
In Pittsburgh, people pronounce the words pull, pool, and pole identically. Drives me crazy.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Well, I'd probably know what you mean, too, but hearing someone say "Marry Christmas" I'd probably do a double take!
I can't even figure out for the life of me how they would sound any different! To me they all sound like "MAIR-ree." How does anyone else say them?
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:46 AM
 
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I moved around a lot as a child so my pronunciation is usually not typical of where I live.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I can't even figure out for the life of me how they would sound any different! To me they all sound like "MAIR-ree." How does anyone else say them?
Haha. It always makes me chuckle to hear someone say "MAIR-ree" Christmas. Sounds like Mary Christmas, which I imagine to be the name of a very fun lady to drink with.

Merry sounds like merry. EH sound, like egg
Marry sounds like marry. Short A sound, like apple
Mary sounds like Mary. Long A sound, like air

Examples:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bSMnFwkeik
Merry Marry Mary - YouTube
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: CO
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I listened to that YouTube and I'm sitting here chuckling. I have never heard those different pronunciations of Mary, merry, and marry in everyday speech. Maybe if I'm watching a BBC television program I would hear it.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Haha. It always makes me chuckle to hear someone say "MAIR-ree" Christmas. Sounds like Mary Christmas, which I imagine to be the name of a very fun lady to drink with.

Merry sounds like merry. EH sound, like egg
Marry sounds like marry. Short A sound, like apple
Mary sounds like Mary. Long A sound, like air

Examples:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bSMnFwkeik
Merry Marry Mary - YouTube
Honestly, I've lived literally all over the world, and traveled as a corporate trainer teaching seminars all over the US, and never heard "Mary, merry, and marry" pronounced significantly differently by Americans. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, because I'm sure I haven't heard every American accent out there, but I'm just saying I've never heard it (other than with the name "Mary" - see below). And I'm pretty well traveled.

To me, those examples you posted sound like "Mair-ee, May ree and Meh reh" - totally weird. And though I have heard the name "Mary" pronounced like "May-ree" before, I usually associate that with a pretty backwoods accent.
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