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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 12-21-2014, 04:25 PM
 
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Awn..Midwest.
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Old 12-21-2014, 08:12 PM
 
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Awn..Midwest.
Lower Midwest? Also, are you White?

I feel like here in Chicago, White people (locals) say "ahn" and Blacks say "awn".
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Old 12-21-2014, 08:22 PM
 
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So, "aw-un". It's not only a coastal NE thing, I've met Southerners who say the "aw" the same way they say it in Philly. It's a fronted sound, I believe with mouth rounding. However, I think "kawfee" is strictly NYC/Jersey/Philly, I've never heard anyone else say "kawfee".

Here in Chicago we say talk like "tawk" but without heavy fronting or rounding. But it's not "tahk". Coffee here is neither kah-fee or kaw-uh-fee (Northeast). More so just Kaw-fee. On, however, is "ahn" (like NYC).
I'd also like to add that the "aw" pronunciation heard in Philly and other parts of the South is very likely a leftover from their English roots. Certain English accents also utilize that sound, and I am sure those influenced the East Coast. By East Coast, I mean the whole East Coast, not the term many erroneously substitute (to my annoyance) when they really mean "Northeast".

Here in Chicago, our English is East Anglian influenced and also Germanic. I don't know if East Anglians say "ahn", but I have heard many English people also have a disagreement on pronouncing this word. Some say "ahn", others say "awn". However, the aspects of East Anglia left in Chicago's accent are heard to this day, such as how in Chicago we say "pitcher" for the word "picture" just like they do in English region of Suffolk (or at least that's how it sounds to me). I feel like a lot of our vowels are also taken from that region. I think the difference in language origin between Chicago and Philly as probably due to different regions of England affecting us. I know our origins are East Anglia, and I wonder if Philly's origins (and Baltimore as well) are West England, because to me people from West England and Philly/Baltimore sound VERY similar. In my opinion, Philly and Baltimore are probably some of the most "English" sounding American dialects, which is curious because they fall into the "Midland" categorization, which can be considered a subset of what is known as General American, the accent most associated with the whole USA.
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Old 12-21-2014, 08:26 PM
 
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White..By way of Iowa.

When I say it in a sentence I can kind of hear a mix of the two..But "Turn it on." sounds more like "Turn it awn".
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Old 12-21-2014, 08:30 PM
 
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White..By way of Iowa.

When I say it in a sentence I can kind of hear a mix of the two..But "Turn it on." sounds more like "Turn it awn".
Ah, I see. You guys have the PURE American English.
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Old 12-21-2014, 08:34 PM
 
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I have to be clear that when I talk about 'awn' it's not in an east coast way, with the long, split in the vowel sound..My gf's mom from Jersey throws that 'w' sound in words like dog..Du-awg.
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:40 PM
 
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I have to be clear that when I talk about 'awn' it's not in an east coast way, with the long, split in the vowel sound..My gf's mom from Jersey throws that 'w' sound in words like dog..Du-awg.
No, diphthongs aren't common for that around the Midwest. In Chicago, though, we do use them but for words like "cat" or "pants" (kee-uht and pee-ants respectively).

But in the New York/North Jersey area, on is pronounced "ahn". Those diphthongs make their way to words like "thought", sounding "thaw-uht". In Chicago, that would just be said "thawt" or "dawt". Dog here isn't "daw-uhg" but "dawg".
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:12 PM
 
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I pronounce it like "ahn", like the vast majority of Americans.

I think some people are voting "awn" because this spelling could also be interpreted as having the same pronunciation as "ahn", depending on how it's read.

For instance, the word "awning" is pronounced the same way as "ahn".
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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I pronounce it like "ahn", like the vast majority of Americans.

I think some people are voting "awn" because this spelling could also be interpreted as having the same pronunciation as "ahn", depending on how it's read.

For instance, the word "awning" is pronounced the same way as "ahn".
While I do agree, generally many Southerners and people in the Mid-Atlantic (exluding NYC and North Jersey) still say it "awn" in a more fronted fashion.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:45 PM
 
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'Ahn' looks like it would rhyme with con.

The way I say it (the word on) sounds more like (the way I say ) lawn.
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