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    How to pronounce the name of this town:

    the town of Bury? Same as in the word for burrying a person?

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    Re: How to pronounce the name of this town:

    I'd say, [br'ri:] (the first [r] is syllabic, like curry, [kr'ri]).

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    Re: How to pronounce the name of this town:

    Thank you!

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    Re: How to pronounce the name of this town:

    You're welcome, okok.

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    Re: How to pronounce the name of this town:

    I've usually heard it pronounced to sound like "berry". But you'd probably have to ask a resident of the town (there may be several towns called Bury -- the only one I can think of is Bury St Edmonds in southern England -- and each may be pronounced differently depending on the local accent).

    I would pronounce the word differently from Casiopea, but not because one of us is right and the other wrong; Casiopea is in Canada and I'm from England.

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    Re: How to pronounce the name of this town:

    Hi, reboss.

    In North America, especially Canada, the verb bury, as in place a body or object in the ground, has two pronunciations: "berry" (USA borrowing) and [br'ri] (British borrowing). The place name, Bury, to my humble knowledge, is [br'ri].

    All the best.


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    Re: How to pronounce the name of this town:

    There are two towns containing the word Bury in England.

    Bury St. Edmonds in Suffolk pronounces the name as "Burry Saint Edmonds".

    Bury in Greater Manchester is pronounced "Berry"

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    Re: How to pronounce the name of this town:

    Knowledge is power. Thanks, Coffa. Now that's what I call a meaningful contribution! Welcome.

    All the best.

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    Re: How to pronounce the name of this town:

    As a suffix, of course, "bury" is quite common in England -- and pronounced in a variety of different ways. I grew up in the town of Glastonbury, which we usually pronounced "Glast'nbry" (with a short 'a'). People who moved in to Glastonbury from London invariably pronounced it "Glah-stonburry" and made fun of the local pronounciation which they exaggerated as "Glaaaaaastunbree".

    On a vaguely related side-note, the correct pronunciation of the "burgh" at the end of "Edinburgh" is "burra". This was almost certainly intended to be the correct pronunciation of the American city of Pittsburgh, as it was named by a Scotsman (or so I believe). Still, Pittsburgh resisted pressure from the Board on Geographical Names to drop the final H from its name, and to this day it proudly remains one of the very few American cities ending in "burgh". Everyone else was forced to become a "burg" or a "boro".


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    Re: How to pronounce the name of this town:

    Reminds me of the Australian who couldn't get directions to Loogabarooga.

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