It can also be pronounced boory, rhyming with curry. There is also byoory, rhyming with fury. Anonymous, 30 September, 2006.
Yes, my mother says it like burry, and I have heard a BBC reader say it that way (Robyn Bresnahan, who has a Canadian accent). Also a reader on Israel Radio with an American accent (Naomi Segel). But I have never seen it in a dictionary. How common is it, and where do people say it that way? Eric Kvaalen 19:16, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
I don't think I've heard "burry" (/bʌri/) in the UK, and certainly never "byoory" (/bjʊri/). It's always been a homonym of "berry" (/bɛri/) for me. Thryduulf 00:41, 10 April 2008 (UTC)
- /bʌri/ is the usual pronunciation in Scottish English. My girlfriend, who's from Edinburgh, always says it like that - it may also be used in northern England, although I can't quite remember hearing it there, off the top of my head. Quite a lot of BBC newsreaders of Scottish extraction say it (eg James Naughtie). Widsith 08:59, 10 April 2008 (UTC)
- I don't think I've ever heard it as "byoory" /bjʊri/ but definitely as burry /bʌri/. That's the way I say it though I've grown up in Florida and most people here pronounce it the same as berry /bɛri/. A small handful from America say it /bʌri/, though it's not nearly as common as /bɛri/. I think this pronunciation occurs in parts of Canada as well. --Jmolina116 03:52, 14 August 2011 (UTC)
- I've never heard it pronounced /bʌri/ in any part of the US where I've lived or visited. --EncycloPetey 19:57, 14 August 2011 (UTC)
What about the use of the word "bury" as to utterly defeat and humiliate someone? Eg: I'm going to bury you! --22.214.171.124 18:15, 23 April 2010 (UTC)
- If anyone's interested, almost all Germans pronounce it in their non-native pronunciation /bɜrɪ/, as rhyming with furry (well, for the Germans then /bœrɪ/, because [œ] is their realization of [ɜ]. And it does seem that the one audio sample by a native speaker I now know of, viz., Johnny Cash's Oh bury me not on a lone prairie, does sound a like /ɜ/ (or perhaps, on closer listening, as "in between" /ɜ/ and /ɛ/. --2001:A61:260D:6E01:7DE3:7A3D:97F3:1BEE 16:19, 12 December 2017 (UTC)