What is the most common American pronunciation of "current"? online dictionaries seem to give different IPA pronunciations.

Personally, although not American myself, I have always heard it pronounced as kərənt.

According to Wiktionary (my go to dictionary for pronunciation): kʌɹənt or kɝɹənt

According to Merriam-Webster: kər-ənt, kə-rənt

According to Google: (I don't know what is the underlying dictionary used): kərənt (this is the pronunciation I know)

According to Macmillan Dictionary: kʌrənt

I have never heard Americans say kʌrənt or kɝənt, always kərənt. either I have been exposed to a tiny subset of speakers from America, either these dictionaries are wrong. which one is the correct one?

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    kɝənt and kərənt are more or less the same. For most speakers, there is no clear distinction between ɝ and ər, so they can be thought of as notational variants in general. I guess kʌrənt seems to imply that the speaker does not have the hurry-furry merger. – sumelic Aug 24 '17 at 9:40
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    If you haven't seen the following related questions, I would recommend taking a look: Pronunciation of “er” in “farmer” vs. “earth”, The pronunciation of wondERful and bIRd, Difference between IPA ɚ, ɹ, and ɝ. In his answer to the first of these, JSBձոգչ points out another fairly common notation, ("syllabic r"), which also has a more narrowly transcribed variant ɹ̩ (teflpedia article) – sumelic Aug 24 '17 at 9:49
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    What do you think the difference between /kɝɹənt/ and /kərənt/ is? The pronunciation /kɝɹənt/ should start with the word cur, which is the way that nearly all Americans I've heard pronounce it. (Aside from people from New York City, who use /kʌrənt/.) My impression is that /kərənt/ is another way of representing essentially the same pronunciation. – Peter Shor Aug 24 '17 at 9:49
  • OK, my mistake regarding ɝ, I guess it's another way of writing ər. It's more the ʌ pronunciation which irritates me. So, New Yorkers say kʌrənt? interesting. @PeterShor If you post that as an answer I will accept it. – David Haim Aug 24 '17 at 9:53

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