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I've heard John Kerry pronounce the word "America" (a'm3:rik&) (& ==> schwa), never (a'mErik&); with the same sound of "fur" ... which, I presume, he pronounces ('v3:ri) and "merry". Is it correct or common to do that in American English?

It's certainly common. I've always supposed it (at least, the corresponding pronunciation of "American") to be the reason for the term "Merkin".
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FB:
Oddly enough, I hadn't even been born 40 years ago, but you have a point about Google. Lyndon Johnson?

LOLOLOL! You tell him! You da ***! E d'Italia? Che parte? Io d'Sicilia! Parola?!
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Skitt:
Bingo! Now do "Nelly", and then "Chingy" the people you asked about in your previous post.

NO WAY, Skitt! He never askskskskskskskedsksked about them, or else I woulda' answswsswswswswsered!
FB:
If you're named Nelly or Chingy, I suppose.

Care to expound, please?

Nelly has a song called "Right Thurr" and Chingy has a song called "Right Thurr". Aguilera has a song called "Dirrty". It is because they are all from St. Louis and the St Louis accent has people say "here" like "herre" and "there" like "thurr" and "where" like "wherre" and "dirty" like "dirrty", etc, etc, etc, etc, etc,...
Skitt:

Bingo! Now do "Nelly", and then "Chingy" the people you asked about in your previous post.

NO WAY, Skitt! He never askskskskskskskedsksked about them, or else I woulda' answswsswswswswsered!

You did answer two minutes after you sent the above one.

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Skitt: NO WAY, Skitt! He never askskskskskskskedsksked about them, or else I woulda' answswsswswswswsered!

You did answer two minutes after you sent the above one.

No point trying to contradict him Skitt, you'll just confuse him.
FB:

Oddly enough, I hadn't even been born 40 years ago, but you have a point about Google. Lyndon Johnson?

LOLOLOL! You tell him! You da ***! E d'Italia? Che parte? Io d'Sicilia! Parola?!

Lombardia.
Bye, FB

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FB:

Non so dov'e quello. Buono...sono uno Italiano ghetto. Non parlo bene. Ayudami!
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FB:

d'Sicilia! Lombardia.

Non so dov'e quello. Buono...sono uno Italiano ghetto. Non parlo bene. Ayudami!

Don't you mean "sono confuso...non capisco"? Anyway a true 'ghetto' is Italian by definition.
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