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  • Regarding 3), we should be clear that "wh" is [w] for the large majority of American speakers as well as basically all other non-Scotsmen. 4) is referred to as yod-dropping and is indeed well-entrenched in most American forms; it occurs regularly after alveolar and post-alveolar consonants.

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  • *sob* I knew it was coming!!! I knew it!!!

    *drops soggy handkerchief onto 'you's grave.*

    *glares sideways at 'oo'.*

    July 24, 2009

  • Overheard one this morning on NPR: usury, in which the second yod was missing. (I pronounce it with two.)

    July 23, 2009

  • *sees a chance to promote own list*

    If you're interested in yod-dropping, why not check out this list? You'll love it! (Or your money back!)

    July 22, 2009

  • I know plenty of people who will drop the yod on cumin and cupidity. I'm quite yod-centric myself and am loath to give it up, especially on tuesday. If you're a yod-dropper, but not a West-country peasant, I dare you to drop it on beautiful.

    July 22, 2009

  • I always envisioned the path straight from 'chooseday' to 'tooseday', actually. or is fusion one way of solving the Cj cluster and yod-dropping another?

    July 22, 2009

  • Inevitable unless the yod has already fused with the preceding consonant: məˈtʃʊə, ˈtʃuːzdeɪ, 'dʒʊərɪŋ; and in earlier times 'ʃʊgə, 'neɪtʃə.

    July 21, 2009

  • the slow but inevitable process in English of 'oo' replacing 'you' sounds in words such as mature, Tuesday, during, etc. in some examples the yod has so totally dropped that their original form sounds bizarre (e.g. super); others feel totally wrong with the yod off (e.g. cupidity). cumin is a big fence-maker.

    July 21, 2009