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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%
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:56 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.
In Chicago, on and con rhyme. On and lawn don't, and therefore con and lawn do not.

However, in many parts of the country (I assume those that have experience cot-caught mergers), con and lawn do rhyme.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:07 PM
 
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In Chicago, on and con rhyme. On and lawn don't, and therefore con and lawn do not.

However, in many parts of the country (I assume those that have experience cot-caught mergers), con and lawn do rhyme.

But do "the vast majority of Americans" say on in a way that rhymes with con?

It doesn't seem that way to me.

Just like that the vast majority of Americans pronounce awning as 'ahning' doesn't seem to be the case.

(I could be totally wrong. It just seems to me that most, even a vast majority, of Americans have a 'awe' sound in their pronunciation of the word awning.)
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:39 PM
 
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But do "the vast majority of Americans" say on in a way that rhymes with con?

It doesn't seem that way to me.

Just like that the vast majority of Americans pronounce awning as 'ahning' doesn't seem to be the case.

(I could be totally wrong. It just seems to me that most, even a vast majority, of Americans have a 'awe' sound in their pronunciation of the word awning.)
To me (and tens of millions of other Americans), "awe" and "ah" "and "on" and "con" and "awning" all have the exact same pronunciation.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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But do "the vast majority of Americans" say on in a way that rhymes with con?

It doesn't seem that way to me.

Just like that the vast majority of Americans pronounce awning as 'ahning' doesn't seem to be the case.

(I could be totally wrong. It just seems to me that most, even a vast majority, of Americans have a 'awe' sound in their pronunciation of the word awning.)
Well, all I know is here in Chicago, awning and conning don't rhyme.
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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"Ahn" like fawn, bond, etc..
Fawn and bond sound completely different from each other.

A woman called at work the other day, and I referred her to someone in another department named "Don". She said, "are you saying Don as in D-O-N or Don as in D-A-W-N?" I said, "His name is Donald. If it were Dawn, it would sound different from Don!" We say the "w" in Dawn, and lawn, and fawn. People from other places say it like an "ah" sound.

Of course, we also toss the "w" into coffee and talk. Hehehe.
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"Ahn" like fawn, bond, etc..
Yea, the vowels in fawn and bond sound nothing alike to me.

Last edited by nei; 12-24-2014 at 02:11 PM..
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Old 12-24-2014, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Ah. Wow, Washingtonians must sound weird.
Lol I can give you a list of words we pronounce here in the DC area if you'd like
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