Query: Can "yours" rhyme dialectally with "purse"?

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Fri Feb 14 02:04:07 UTC 2014

A colleague told me today of a country-music song he heard in which "yours" rhymes with "purse", and he wonders whether such a feature exists dialectally in English. Or is it an artificial creation of the songwriter?

The song is about a woman at a bar who has to leave at closing time. She forgets her purse
and then comes back looking for it.  The woman sings:
"Ah think ah left my purse,"
and the bartender sings in response:
"Ah think it's yurse."

Is anyone familiar with this feature?

Gerald Cohen

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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