Beh-ril, burr'uhl, and burl

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jul 21 16:22:57 UTC 2006

Do we have another "merry, Mary, marry"?  Various television
personalities (are news readers and weather mappers "personalities"?)
in the Northeast are saying

beh-ril (like "trill")
burr'uhl (like "mull") --many speakers
burl (as in Ives the folk singer)

Are these regional?  (I, of New York City but educated, say "beh-ril").


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