Re Names, was re Hexwood's, Goon

Sally Odgers sodgers at
Tue Mar 12 08:50:29 EST 2002

> >I know people who pronounce all of Mary, merry and marry identically -

There must be a real shift in vowels somewhere. Mind you, it's the "oo"
sound that always makes me blink.

We manage at least four sounds for that.

Wood or stood - short oo
Stool or pool - medium oo
Tuesday or new - has a yew complete with Y
Shoot or suit - long oo.

And I believe that some Brits add the Tuesday vowel to shoot, suit etc.


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