While talking to my husband last night, I noticed a pronunciation difference coming from him that I have never heard anywhere before. He was talking about grabbing lunch at the fast food restaurant "Wendy's", but was pronouncing the name of the restaurant exactly like the word "windy" - as in, "it is very windy outside".
When I called him out on it, he claimed to notice no difference between the way I pronounce both words. I repeated the words to him a few times (Wendy vs. windy), and he all-out refused to acknowledge any difference between the way both words are pronounced when I say them, even though I notice a very clear difference.
I guess I am wondering if any of the other American English speakers in this community have heard this particular vowel shift (or if you could even call it a vowel shift), and if you have, where do you live? For what it's worth, my husband and I both have lived in West Michigan our entire lives.