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View Poll Results: How do you pronounce "bag"?
The same way as "beg", or virtually the same 17 5.90%
With the same vowel as "bad" or "radical" 239 82.99%
Neither way 32 11.11%
Voters: 288. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-18-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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With the same vowel as "bad" or "radical".

I'm from NYC .
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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The second choice. Chicago north shore.
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:28 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Depends on how you pronounce "beg"... Do you pronounce it bayg or beh-g (like the e in set)? I rarely hear people say "bayg" for bag. I also rarely hear people say "bayg" for beg, but "bayg" for bag is more common for sure. Bag rhymes with hag, lag, etc. Beg rhymes with keg and peg, but NOT egg or leg which rhyme with Hague and vague...

I'm from the Northwest.
Wait, what, the northwest? That's odd. I raised my DD in Memphis and she pronounces egg with a long A like that. I always wondered where she picked up that pronunciation because DH and I both pronounce it to rhyme with beg, even though he's a TN native and I grew up in MI.
Bag rhymes with rag, hag and stag in my speech.
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Yep, egg rhymes with beg.
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Yep, egg rhymes with beg.
Not on the West Coast.

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Wait, what, the northwest? That's odd. I raised my DD in Memphis and she pronounces egg with a long A like that. I always wondered where she picked up that pronunciation because DH and I both pronounce it to rhyme with beg, even though he's a TN native and I grew up in MI.
How funny. My parents say it the way your DD and I do too, and they're from Southern California... the LA area.
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:49 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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my boss from Montana says baig for bag and so does this one girl from Minnessota
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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the short A in "bag" sounds like the short A in "bad" or "radical."

Egg has a short E sound like leg, beg, met, bed, red, etc. It doesn't have a long A sound like vague or hague!

Of course I'm also one of those weird people who think Mary, merry, and marry all sound different.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
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My father, who was raised in Minnesota, pronounces the "a" in "bag" like the vowel sound in "beige".
I've always used the short "a" though, just like my momma
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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the short A in "bag" sounds like the short A in "bad" or "radical."

Egg has a short E sound like leg, beg, met, bed, red, etc. It doesn't have a long A sound like vague or hague!

Of course I'm also one of those weird people who think Mary, merry, and marry all sound different.
Which they don't...

Honestly, I cannot, for the life of me, think of anyone I know who pronounces leg or egg with a short "e" sound.
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:37 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Ya'll would make it a lot easier on yourselves if you called it what it really is = a sack.

Sounds wierd to say bag. A bag (smaller piece of luggage) is something that you carry with your suitcase when you go on a trip. Now that I think about it...there are very few situations where "bag" is used in my venacular. Interesting....never thought of it/realized it until now.
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