Exercise 9.1

For New Zealand English and many other varieties of English (but not all), worry is usually a heretic (in terms of the labels in Table 9.1) because it has the vowel in jug rather than the vowel in jog. It thus contrasts with words that have a consensus 'jog' pronunciation, such as sorry, lorry, a pronunciation which we also find in borrow, horrid, and so on. Therefore it is not surprising that many speakers give it the jog pronunciation. This was exploited by a New Zealand author, Alan Duff, who became well known for his book (also made into a movie) Once Were Warriors, and who then produced a book for children Duffy's Once Were Worriers