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Old 06-23-2018, 04:18 PM
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How do you pronounce “milk”? Does it rhyme with “silk” or “elk”? My friend from Michigan is visiting and says it is pronounced “melk”. My pronounciatuon has always rhymes with silk. Is this vowel shift a regional thing?

How do you say it? And where are you from?


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Old 06-23-2018, 04:22 PM
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Not sure what I say, but youngest use to call it Mulk.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:26 PM
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I probably say melk most often. Very soft vowel sound either way. I’m from Ohio so probably a regional thing.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:27 PM
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I think it is regional. I say “milk” and my friends from Minnesota say something somewhere between the two pronounciations in the original post.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:27 PM
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Rhymes with silk In my lexicon.


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Old 06-23-2018, 04:31 PM
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Rhymes with silk for me.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:37 PM
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Rhymes with silk.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:41 PM
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Rhymes with silk. I've only known a few people who say "melk" - my 2nd grade teacher and my relatives from a MN farm
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:41 PM
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Iowa: rhymes with silk. I tested my family and they all said silk too.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:50 PM
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I grew up in Michigan, but say "milk". There were people I grew up with that said "melk". The also often said "pellow" instead of "pillow". Ew.


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Old 06-23-2018, 04:56 PM
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Kentucky- rhymes with silk
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:00 PM
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I'm from Wisconsin and grew up on a dairy farm. When I say it, it rhymes with elk!
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:04 PM
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Illinois- rhyme with silk
Pet peeve- people who say ellinios instead of Illinois
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:12 PM
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Hmmm.... another Wisconsinite here who says it so it rhymes with elk. Everyone I know says it that way, too.
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:15 PM
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I say it rhymes with "silk"
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:26 PM
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Hawaii- milk rhymes with elk, but I have uncles who are Wisconsin dairy farmers so that could be why, although I THINK everyone else here says it like I do......will have to check for sure by polling everyone when I go back to work on Monday
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:27 PM
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West coast—rhymes with silk
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:30 PM
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I grew up in Michigan, but say "milk". There were people I grew up with that said "melk". The also often said "pellow" instead of "pillow". Ew.



This is my experience, too.
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:36 PM
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Western New Jersey - milk and rhymes with silk.
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:42 PM
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Philadelphia, PA - I pronounce it so it rhymes with silk.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:02 PM
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Illinois- rhyme with silk
Pet peeve- people who say ellinios instead of Illinois
Yep! On both counts! "ill-ih-noy" not "ell-eh-noise" (I hear that more than I should) or "ell-eh-noy"
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:05 PM
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Rhymes with silk for me, but my mom's BF is from Minnesota, and he sounds more like the elk version when he says it.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:15 PM
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I never thought about this before. I assumed I said milk like silk, but after reading the Wisconsin posts I said it out loud. I actually say melk. Who would have known? I am from Wisconsin too.

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Old 06-23-2018, 06:19 PM
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California- like silk.

My grandmother is from Colorado. She pronounces it with almost 2 syllables. Miwilk? She does that for a lot of single syllable words. The name Ben she says Bee-yin.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:26 PM
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I say it like silk. Never heard it like melk before. Interesting.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:30 PM
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Another Wisconsinite here. I grew up on a dairy farm. My family and I pronounced it as melk. However, since I've been teaching I've worked hard to pronounce it "correctly" as milk.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:35 PM
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Rhymes with silk.

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Old 06-23-2018, 06:42 PM
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I am not in agreement with the other Wisconsinites on here. I say milk like silk. I also live in far southern WI though, so that may be part of why I say it different.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:43 PM
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I pronounce milk like silk. I've never heard any other pronunciation for it.
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:12 PM
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Illinois, originally from Missouri. Milk rhymes with silk. Had a teacher from Quebec who said, "Melk."


ETA: I guess she said it with a little more of a "ow" sound, like it rhymed with "talc"

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Old 06-23-2018, 07:18 PM
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This was actually a year long debate with one of my classes. I'm from NY and it rhymes with silk.
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:18 PM
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From Wisconsin and I've said it both ways!

I wonder if the reason people around here say "melk" is because there are a lot of Scandinavian immigrants that settled this area. Melk is the Norwegian word for milk.
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:45 PM
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I have never heard anyone say "melk." In the south, it rhymes with silk; but we say it with two syllables: Mee-ilk.
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:50 PM
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Ilk for me, but my dad says melk! Go figure?
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:02 PM
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Unlike the other poster from Ohio, I say milk like silk. I remember my dad used to say "melk", which I thought was strange, but he had quite a few pronunciations that were unusual.
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:05 PM
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I grew up in Michigan, and milk rhymes with silk.
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:55 PM
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i was mostly raised in Ohio, and we say “melk”.
In Texas though I hear it pronounced “milk”.
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:38 PM
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I say melk. I was from IL. I also say wash wrong.
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:24 AM
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Ohio we say milk but I have heard the elk version here too
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:33 AM
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I say melk and so does everyone else I know. From southwestern PA- where we say many things “wrong”!
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:58 AM
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NE Ohio...rhymes with silk.
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Old 06-24-2018, 06:11 AM
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I wanted to test dh without giving away the different ways of saying milk.

I asked, “What do you put on your cereal?”

Dh- “Bananas”

He eventually said mIlk.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:02 AM
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Pennsylvania--milk as in silk
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:21 PM
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In my head we say milk like silk,but some of us really say meee--ulk as a 2 syllable word.
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Old 06-24-2018, 08:03 PM
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I pronounce it like it's spelled- to rhyme with silk. I'm from OH. We always said "melk" was a KY thing!
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