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paw/pour/poor poll

Which of the following applies to you:

I pronounce 'paw', 'pour' and 'poor' the same
I pronounce 'paw' and 'pour' the same, but 'poor' differently
I pronounce 'paw' and 'poor' the same, but 'pour' differently
I pronounce 'pour' and 'poor' the same, but 'paw' differently
I pronounce 'paw', 'pour' and 'poor' differently from each other
Something else which I will explain in comments


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 29th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I can't actually tell if I pronouce "pour" and "poor" differently now that I'm trying to pay attention to them! I'd like to think I do, but i fear I don't, so went with the answer that's more likely to be right-as-in-true rather than right-as-in-"correct."
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, me too! I keep muttering all three to myself. I'm fairly sure that in casual conversation I pronounce all three the same, though.
Feb. 29th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Aye-paw is definitely different from the other two, but I sorta think pour gets a bit of a u added, but not much, and it'd be hard to notice.

then, my vowels are getting messed up moving from Debbun to Yorksher.
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
One you left out: pore is a different sound again.
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, I should have thought of that. How do you pronounce it?
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
When my local accent is strong it becomes two syllables. (The Oxfordshire R is not actually an intrusive R in pore - POR-uh - but it is in path - PAR-uth.)

paw, pawr, PAW-ur, POR-uh. When I'm channelling my mum aka being a bit posher, poor changes from pawr to POO-uh.

Edit: I can't quite get pour indicated the way I'd like. I may have to go and look up actual phonetics.

Edited at 2012-02-29 09:41 pm (UTC)
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
For the people who pronounce 'poor' and 'pour' differently-- how you pronounce 'pore'?
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Same as pour.
Feb. 29th, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
I suspect the answer to all these sorts of questions depends on who I am with, the formality of the speech, how much I've had to drink and many other factors.
Mar. 1st, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
My brain pretends it registers a difference between them but I'm pretty sure it doesn't actually make it as far as the sound I produce.
Mar. 1st, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Poor has a different vowel than the other two, for me, but if there's a difference between paw and pour at all it's in that elusive British final 'r' that isn't really there unless there's a following vowel. So "Paw a cup" and "Pour a cup" would be different, but the words in isolation aren't. Pore is likely to get a bit more of that ghostly r, but maybe that's because I spent several years in America.
Mar. 1st, 2012 07:25 am (UTC)
You're right. I ticked, having said it a few times, that I pronounced them all the same, but in fact in practice I wouldn't pronounce them anything like each other in context.
Mar. 1st, 2012 07:34 am (UTC)
Which "British" accent is this, then?

(A good many of us - far more than is usually supposed - are rhotic and have non-elusive Rs.)
Mar. 1st, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
South Yorkshire, modified by two generations of independent school and only slightly bent by thirteen years in Arizona -- not as arhotic as southern RP, but the r sound is still more in my mind than in my mouth unless I'm having trouble making myself understood to an American audience.

(Apologies re "British" -- I was thinking in expat mode there.)

Mar. 1st, 2012 09:03 am (UTC)
Well, I wanted to say that I pronounce "paw" differently:

I am more likely to shorten the word "paw" than "pour" or "poor", but I chose the option "all the same".
Mar. 1st, 2012 09:04 am (UTC)
You know.... I can hear a difference between "paws" and "pours".....weird
Mar. 1st, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
I was going to say all three differently, but I went with paw and pour the same because I couldn't hear the difference when I said it. And then I read ellarien's reply and I think that's probably the closest to reality.
Mar. 3rd, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Paw, poor, pour or poor, all four. Cor! More?
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