How is pho really pronounced?

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Oct 18 20:24:22 UTC 2012

Both Wiktionary and the OED give f + schwa for the pronunciation of "pho" (Wiktionary actually gives a turned "v"). That matches what I have learned from a Vietnamese acquaintance and from a Vietnamese restaurant menu in Reno.

Because of what I've been taught, that's how I pronounce it, but that's not what I hear from Americans, which is "foh."

Which pronunciation is actually used?

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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