"Simon Topliss" wrote:
> On 10 Oct 2006, at 21:28, Gary (Lists) wrote:
>> This is a duplicate [n] of the original.
>> --> short 'a' (eh) , as the vowel sound in 'heavy'
> Nah, 'round 'ere that's 'doop-lee-cut'.
I could go with '-cut', especially further to the U.S. South, where much of
my family lives. The sound I tried to describe is not exactly as much "uh"
as "cut", but it's very close. (I hear something more like a shortened
"ket" rather than "kut".)
I don't hear "-lee-" (long e) for the second syllable, however. I use (and
hear) a shortened syllable, much like stopping short of the "t" in the word
I am sure there are many variations across U.S. dialects, probably including
some astounding oddities here and there.
I am still amazed that my neighbors one county (3 miles) over say:
"drawl" to mean "drawer" (as in, where you keep your socks)
"warsh" to mean "wash"
...and so on with the odd (but traceable) pronunciations.
Even minor geographical distances produce major changes in the pronunciation
of American English, of course.
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