More About Merged Names and Words
I like this topic, even if I am hopelessly merged in many sounds.
I think I can tell the difference between merry and Mary/marry simply because they obviously have two different vowels. Does the extra "r" in marry make the different sound from Mary - or is the vowel "a" an actual different sound. For instance Lily and Lilly wouldn't be two different sounding names would it?
I know that someone with the name Kari on one of these posts spoke of her name being totally different than Carrie - again - is there a different vowel sound or does the double "r" make the difference?
I started thinking about this subject while watching the news and John Kerry's name came up several times. I think that I still hear Carrie instead of Kerry from some journalists (people who should be especially educated on this topic).
Then, I started thinking about the word bury. This has yet another vowel I haven't seen dicussed before when the Mary/marry/merry/Carrie/Kerry topic comes up. Is this another sound?
Anyway, I think I know how to say the secretary of state's name and Merry Christmas properly, but nine times out of ten, I probably hear and say Carrie and Mary instead.
I will never understand how the "o" in top and dog are different.
Maybe it was my education in grade school. There were the "big" or "long" vowels and the "small" or "short" vowels. I remember being taught that the "t" in often is silent - which is how I still say it a lot of the time, but no one else does. Also I was taught that there is no comma before "and" - as in you, me, and her. I do and have used the comma for a long time now. But is it possible that some of us older folks didn't get that first elementary education given now, or have the rules changed? BTW - I do have some higher education, both on the job and formal - that's how I know about the extra comma - also when I first learned to type, you made two spaces after a sentence instead of one. I still do this a lot. When it's really important, I have to use the function on Word or whatever to see the spaces. I know I got off topic, but the education thing regarding the sounds struck me and then education on a broader level.
FWIW - I have tried to listen to some of the links about these sounds - doesn't seem to help. Plus my poor old computer doesn't do video very well. Maybe I will have a "Mary" Christmas this year and Santa will bring me a new one :)
Sun, 04/27/2014 - 1:19pm