On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Rebecca Ganetzky rganetzk at oberlin.edu
Mon Mar 10 08:09:20 EST 2003

>  > They're pronounced the same here as far as I can tell...words with
>>  identical first vowels here are:
>>  Carrie, Kerry, marry, merry, Mary, Terry, baron, Karen, heron, Erin,
>>  staring, Parrish, hemlock...
>>  I can pronounce them all differently if I try extremely hard, but
>>  they all sound the same as I'm used to hearing them -- that is, with the
>>  vowel being the same straight across.
>Not the same where I live. The rhyming ones are as follows.
>Carrie rhymes with marry, baron, Aaron, Parrish, Karen
>Kerry rhymes with merry, Terry, heron, Erin, hemlock
>Mary rhymes with staring.
In my accent, and that everywhere I've lived (US midwest) heron 
doesn't rhyme with *any* of those words.  I know two pronunciations, 
the first rhyming with hair (which vaguely rhymes with Erin), but the 
more common is closer to 'hear,' which to me rhymes with none.
Rebecca D. Ganetzky
"...and do not say that a thing is impossible to understand, for 
eventually it will be understood."-Rabbi Hillel
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