Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 11:30:13 -0500 From: "Suzanne Legault: English" Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/ Subj: RE: /w/ and /hw/ >So does anyone pronounce "who" as hwoo, or woo? How come "who" doesn't fit in >with the other wh words? >-- Jim Maybe because of the [uw] diphthong--but that's a guess.* In OE "who" was "hwa:, while "whole" was "ha:l"--incorrectly respelled to its present (just like "whore"which is cognate with Lat. "cara" ), both of which are reconstructed with an Indo-European *k. If you want to see some REAL confusion, take a look at "whoop(ing)": [h ~ w ~ hw]. Suzanne *Nor have I heard, even from diehards who swear they have /hw/, "whose" with [hw].