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    How to pronouce Ferry correctly. I say it's Ferry like Jerry. My nephew says it's pronounced like Fairy and he says it sounds the same. I say he's wrong.

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    Default Re: Pronouncing Ferry

    I'm pretty sure there will be regional variation on this, like some people say Merry (as in Christmas), Mary (the name), and marry (as in wedding) alike, and some say all three differently.

    I say ferry the same as fairy, and Jerry has a tiny difference in the vowel sound. I don't think you can say anyone is "wrong" in this - the way you'd be wrong to say Sigmund Frood. It's just how you say it where you live.

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    Default Re: Pronouncing Ferry

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    How to pronouce Ferry correctly. I say it's Ferry like Jerry. My nephew says it's pronounced like Fairy and he says it sounds the same. I say he's wrong.
    As far as Received British Pronunciation is concerned, you're right and your nephew's wrong. But, as Barb said, there's regional variation.

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