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Old 02-03-2011, 12:45 PM
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How in hell does it not? I've never heard anyone on TV or any movie say it differently.
In IPA this is how I hear them pronounced

Tag = tęg

Vague = veɪg
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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veɪg
See now THAT sounds a bit Midwestern to me. Back home in AZ (and as far as I could tell in CA and MD/DC) we pronounce both words the same, and it's really somewhere between ę and eɪ, not really either extreme.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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In Cincinnati, I have NEVER heard anyone say "vag." It's always been with what I would call a semi-long "a."
On the other hand, most of the people around here don't differentiate between short "e" and short "i." "Been" is the same is "bin" and "pen" is the same as "pin."
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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"Been" is the same is "bin"
sounds pretty normal

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"pen" is the same as "pin."
not so much
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:50 PM
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sounds pretty normal



not so much
Interesting. To me, both sound different when I say them. Then again, given some of my linguistic roots (much of my family are not from the midwest, but the northeast), I also pronounce Marry and merry differently, so perhaps I'm just a bit sensitive to these things.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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Marry and merry differently
Haha that's a lost cause out west. Long forgotten. Sorry.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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That's a correct way to say bag. It rhymes with tag and lag and drag and vague.
"Vague" is pronounced with a "long A" sound; the others are not...

-from a non-accented Northeasterner, who had a Midwestern parent..
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:01 PM
 
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"Vague" is pronounced with a "long A" sound; the others are not...

-from a non-accented Northeasterner, who had a Midwestern parent..
I have to say I'm finally beginning to understand why quizzes say I have a Midwestern accent, even though it's totally (like totally dude ) Western. Apparently both accents merge the words, but the Midwest merges them "up" while the West merges them "down."
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:32 PM
 
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How in hell does it not? I've never heard anyone on TV or any movie say it differently.
what TV have you been watching? ive never hear anyone on TV who pronounces bag "bayg"
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:36 PM
 
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what TV have you been watching? ive never hear anyone on TV who pronounces bag "bayg"
What can I say? I hear what I hear. I just don't think I've ever heard anyone say "baaaag," whether I was in the east, west, north or south. I don't see how that could possibly be standard. But whatever.
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