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Old 07-13-2007, 07:36 AM   #21
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It says north Jersey, New York City for me (born in Brooklyn, grew up in NJ).

I have another set of words for the quiz... Ferry, Fairy, Furry. All distinctly different to me. My wife (grew up in Denver) thinks they are all pronounced the same.
If I listen with the voices of familiar actors I hear distinct pronunciations for all three, but when I say them for myself the first two are homophones.

   
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P.s. — I am a northeasterner! (Big surprise there!)
Me too - bigger surprise

   
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So what do you call the person who puts your groceries in the plastic, paper or cloth container you carry them home in?
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Why the surprise? You are (or rather you went to school in the north-east).

   
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If I listen with the voices of familiar actors I hear distinct pronunciations for all three, but when I say them for myself the first two are homophones.
For me (let's see if I can get these across in a text messsage)...

Fairy (as in Tinkerbell) = rhymes with airy

Ferry (as in a boat) = rhymes with very

Furry (as in an animal) = rhymes with worry

Ferry and Furry are close, but the tone of the word drops for me when saying furry and makes them just noticeably different.
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Fairy (as in Tinkerbell) = rhymes with airy

Ferry (as in a boat) = rhymes with very
For me ferry, very, airy, fairy all rhyme.

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Furry (as in an animal) = rhymes with worry
Check. We match on that one.

Guess I should go take that survey and see what it says, but I think I took it a while back (if it has a question about crawfish/crayfish/crawdad, I did take it) and it didn't accurately ID me. It will take another 3-4 years before I can say I've lived in the region of my birth longer than I've lived elsewhere (California, to be specific).

   
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Guess I should go take that survey and see what it says, but I think I took it a while back (if it has a question about crawfish/crayfish/crawdad, I did take it) and it didn't accurately ID me.
Don’t think so. That was another one.

   
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They don't rhyme in English RP (they might in English dialects I've ever heard), so your agreement makes me wonder about the way some Americans pronounce either 'furry', or 'worry', or both.

   
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Don’t think so. That was another one.
You're right. This one was very short and the other was pages long and was at some .edu URL.

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You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."
No, it's "soda" but that comes from living virtually all my adult years on the U.S. left coast. Now that I'm back here on birth turf, I've <shudder> caught myself saying "pop" a few times.

   
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You're right. This one was very short and the other was pages long and was at some .edu URL.

No, it's "soda" but that comes from living virtually all my adult years on the U.S. left coast. Now that I'm back here on birth turf, I've <shudder> caught myself saying "pop" a few times.
My result was also Inland North, which is totally wrong. I never, never say "pop" or "soda" (unless I mean soda water). I was born and raised in California ... I wonder how they think northern Californians speak?? For me there were no equivocal questions - I didn't have to think hard about any of them - and all of the word pairs were different. It wasn't till "Mary", "merry", "marry" that I had two words pronounced the same. ("Mary", "merry") Of course for me the "ou" in "about" and "loud" are the same, but that was a "yes or no" question.

There are some differences in the way northern and southern Californians typically speak. Perhaps if they assume all Californians speak like southern Californians that would affect the results. And the fact that my parents came from Buffalo, NY, could play a part, but OTOH, my parents did not speak at all like any of my friends from upstate New York or the Great Lakes region.

   
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