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Posted: 04 May 2013 11:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 46 ]
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I think Asanta and I see the same pronunciation for “merry” with the e sounding like the one in Edward.

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Posted: 07 May 2013 05:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 47 ]
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I say “merry,” “Mary,” and “marry” identically. I first noticed there was a difference for some people when I learned the tongue-twisting song “Mary Mac,” which has the chorus

Mary Mac’s mother’s making Mary Mac marry me.
My mother’s making me marry Mary Mac.
I’m gonna marry Mary for my Mary to take care of me.
We’ll all be makin’ merry when I marry Mary Mac.

On the recorded version I have, “merry” and “Mary” are the same (like “berry”) but “marry” has a long ‘a’ (almost like “father”). The singers are from N. Ireland and Germany, though, so not examples of an American variation.

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Posted: 07 May 2013 07:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 48 ]
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Occam. - 04 May 2013 11:20 PM

I think Asanta and I see the same pronunciation for “merry” with the e sounding like the one in Edward.

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Posted: 09 May 2013 06:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 49 ]
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The test says I’m from SoCal, but it doesn’t factor in that I have a “Missoura Twang” and when I’m extremely tired, not caring if I say things for most people not from the area to understand, I am often “tar-erd”.  Then again, my St. Louis accent with a “qwat of milk”, “qwater” etc sometimes comes out too.

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Posted: 20 June 2013 03:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 50 ]
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George - 29 April 2013 12:11 PM

What’s up with Americans saying “uh-huh” instead of “you’re welcome”? I have never seen anyone on TV say that, but it’s seems very common otherwise. I don’t like it at all.  angry

  Damn it, George, what have you done to me?  Your question has caused me to be aware of that, and I’m going crazy about it.  The younger they are the more likely the person is to say, “Uh huh.”  I was quite happy being oblivious; now I can’t thank anyone for something without waiting for their response, and naturally, shuddering at the most frequent one, “uh huh”.  snake LOL

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Posted: 21 June 2013 04:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 51 ]
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Sorry, Occam.  grin

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