Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Changing Language

I've noticed another trend in the pronunciation of a word recently and I don't know why these things happen.  Given you my readers [sounds like there's a lot doesn't there :)] are from many different places around the world let's see if you can help me here.

My name is Laurie, short for Laurence having been named for an Uncle who was killed by the Japanese when they invaded Rabaul in World War 2.   Now the phonetic pronunciation of my name is like that of the truck - "lorry".    Some of my American work colleagues call me Lawry, and a Malaysian guy I used to work with called be Rorry and himseld Lobert - I didn't get that.

Anyway the word I'm actually talking about today is worry which I pronounce wurry as in slurry.  But I've noticed a lot of people lately pronouncing it worry as in sorry or lorry.   What is that?  Where did it come from and how do you say it?

5 comments:

Andrew said...

Wurry of course is correct in Australia. The 'worry' pronunciation sounds American. While I say Lorry for Laurie, I say Lawrence, sounding the law more like we say law. Laurence I would say more like lorry. Just been testing myself. I do say the Laurence differently to Lawrence. There is no w in Laurence.

Gypsy said...

I say wurry for worry. There are so many different accents even within Australia. Here in Adelaide we sound a lot more English than say you guys in the Eastern states. But for the record I say Lorry and Lorrence.

suzen said...

In the Midwest of the US, we wurry, we Lorry and we Lorrence. And we also say it's GREAT that you are blogging again!

suzen said...

In the Midwest of the US, we wurry, we Lorry and we Lorrence. And we also say it's GREAT that you are blogging again!

Filipina Girl said...

It depends upon each individuals preference. In every country there are different pronunciation say in the Western part, you can hear them pronouncing British accent and in the USA they are pronouncing words in American accent.

For me, whatever suits my fancy!

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