[Ads-l] melodicas and bazookas

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 4 16:57:33 UTC 2016

FWIW, for me, the vowel in “McPherson” is a monophthong, but “fear” is either disyllabic or the vowel is a diphthong. BB

> On 4 Nov 2016, at 01:57, Robin Hamilton <robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM> wrote:
> In my idiolect, it rhymes with "person", not "purse on" or "fearsome".
> Are we into Mary's Marriage territory here?
> Robin
>>    I used to say "fur" because I saw a movie with a character named
>>    "MacPherson" who was called "manFURson" by the other characters. But it
>>    seems to me that, in real life, most people say "macFEERson."

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