Odd Language #87: How Do You Say It?

In a recent USENET post, to be helpful, one person posted a list of words as a pronunciation guide for how he says “merry”, “marry”, and “Mary”.

The issue: Some of us pronounce the three words the same. Indeed, for me, it is the same pronunciation for the endings of all twelve of the words.

The list was:
Merry – Jerry, berry, ferry.
Marry – Harry, Larry, carry.
Mary – hairy, fairy, dairy.