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Helen BS: Regional UK Accents (137* d) RE: BS: Regional UK Accents 31 Jul 21

One of the pronunciations in Oz which surprises me a bit is a particular way of saying "o" as in "home" but - it's hard to describe - it's sort of nasal, but drawn out, and almost like "ho-ome" but with an exaggerated emphasis on the first "o" sound. More like "hoe-em". The nasal sound is in the first syllable. This might not help but the first "o" sound reminds me of a vacuum cleaner when the nozzle sticks to something and there is a deep humming sound.

It surprises me when some of the (Oz) ABC-TV news people say it. It seems to be mostly young women, and possibly from Melbourne. The next time I hear it I'll take note of the presenter's name and see if I can find a video of her.

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