[Ads-l] How do others hear Canadian __ou_?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 30 00:44:10 UTC 2016

The consensus among ordinary, folk-Americans seems to be that Canadians
pronounce _ou_ in, e.g.  _about_, like "a boot." In these parts, NE PA, the
local, independent ISP service-provides Canadian TV, whether you want it or
not. I've always heard Canadian _about_ as more like "a boat" and there is
nothing in all the North-American English that I've heard, here of late, to
make me change my mind.

However, I can be persuaded that there's something wrong with my hearing.


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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