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57% of Americans pronounce ‘merry,’ ‘marry,’ and ‘Mary’ the same, and it highlights a fascinating quirk of the English language

Americans vary in how they pronounce the words “merry,” “marry,” and “Mary.” A majority, 57%, of Americans pronounce all three words the same. The divide highlights something fascinating about American English. You’re probably going to hear the phrase “merry Christmas” a lot over the next few days. But depending on […]
57% of Americans pronounce ‘merry,’ ‘marry,’ and ‘Mary’ the same, and it highlights a fascinating quirk of the English language
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Why American actors suck at British accents

Lots of British actors have really nailed their American accents, but Americans can’t seem to imitate their peers across the pond. We spoke with Erik Singer, a dialect coach based in New York, to find out why British actors appear to be so much more skillful when it comes to […]
Why American actors suck at British accents
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9 things only Southerners say

Southern Americans are well known for their distinctive dialect of English. From its country twang to its unique vocabulary, there is a lot that sets Southern English apart from other US dialects. Graphic designer Joshua Katz mapped some of the most distinctive elements of Southern English in 2013 using data […]
9 things only Southerners say