My linguistics book says that some people pronounce the following words differently, but it doesn't say how these people pronounce the words! So... what do you do? (I think they're talking about American English, but any English dialect is welcome.) witch - which horse - hoarse morning - mourning sot - sought cot - caught bawdy - body father - farther Mary - merry - marry poor - pour - pore I pronounce father and farther differently - there's an /r/ sound after the a, as in far, in the latter. There's no consistent difference in my pronunciations of the others.