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View Poll Results: How do you pronounce "on"?
Ahn 41 55.41%
Awn 31 41.89%
Ah-oon 1 1.35%
Some other way (explain) 1 1.35%
Voters: 74. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-18-2014, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Definitely awn, not ahn. I think I retained my family's Philadelphia pronunciation on that.

Outside the Western United States, the line between the two pronunciations is pretty darn close to the dividing line between Midland and Northern dialects.
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Old 12-18-2014, 08:12 PM
 
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Do people in New England say "awn"???
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Old 12-18-2014, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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'Awn' - like lawn, fawn, and bond. You know, the way it is supposed to be pronounced.
i pronounce bond bahnd
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Old 12-18-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: USA
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I pronounce it as "ahn" and I'm southern but have lived in Texas exclusively for twenty five years.'

Lots of Texans say "own" - as in, "Are we own for tonight?" Or "Don't forget to put your boots own!" Not all Texans of course, but I hear it pretty regularly and it always jars my ears a little.

"Turn tha lats own!"
Yes Kathryn I say "ahn" too. Right across the border in La. But I hear own for onand other southern pronunciations like for example "akern" for acorn.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:23 PM
 
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Ah-ooooooooooooooooooon!
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:26 PM
 
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'Awn' - like lawn, fawn, and bond. You know, the way it is supposed to be pronounced.
Funny, listening to it, that's exactly how I would pronounce it but I would spell it like "ahn." There is a distinct "aw" in the way I say "lawn" and "fawn." It does not sounds the same as "on" for me.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:09 PM
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Location: Boston
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Do people in New England say "awn"???
Bostonian here!

I voted "ahn", but I guess I have the situation mentioned earlier in the thread where "ahn" and "awn" sound the same to me.

I say words like lawn, dawn, and fawn with an "ahhhhhh" sound. The sound that the dentist or doctor might ask you to make when they're want your mouth open wide. No w.

(There's a ton of interesting stuff online about mergers. Here are two wiki pages: the first about the caught-cot/don-dawn merger among others and the second about the Mary, marry, merry one among others.)

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Old 12-18-2014, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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i pronounce bond bahnd
I agree - in my dialect, "lawn and fawn" are pronounced differently from "bond."
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Old 12-18-2014, 11:04 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo
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Say how you pronounce it and also the region of the country you're from.

I pronounce it "ahn" and I'm from the Midwest (Chicago).

I pronounce it "awn" and I'm a poet from the Midwest (St.Louis).
What are you trying to do,ruin my poems?
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Murliner here, most of us including myself pronounce it as "ahn".
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