Date: Sun, 3 Dec 1995 16:43:25 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/
The OED says the /u:/ is common in England, and attributes the
lowering (or retention thereof) to the influence of the -/r/, but considering
it a more "vulgar" pronunciation. Interesting, but not surprisingly, I've
never heard the /u:/ (or /uw/, as I prefer to write it).