I'm sure you know how the word 'ghoti' can be interpreted to be pronounced 'fish', by taking the sounds from the words 'cough,' 'women' and 'action.'

But can you find a word in which the letters 'wo' are pronounced as a standard 'u' (as in 'hut')?

The word isn't used much nowadays, but fifty years ago it was in common English circulation.

  • $\begingroup$ Isn't "word" itself such a word? $\endgroup$ Aug 4, 2021 at 8:03
  • $\begingroup$ @personjerry the o in word is pronounced u as in hut, but the wo in word is pronounced wu. He's asking for a word where wo loses the w sound completely $\endgroup$
    – Joe
    Aug 4, 2021 at 8:56

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One such word is

twopence, which is pronounced like "tuppence".

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    $\begingroup$ That certainly was very much in circulation 50 years ago. $\endgroup$ Aug 3, 2021 at 8:43

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