Why is one pronounced with aw sound?

The word one would be expected to be pronounced /oʊn/ in modern English based on either its spelling or its etymology. The pronunciations starting with /w/ are exceptional. Middle English scribes had no common standard to conform to, so they often used “ear-spellings”, revealing their pronunciation habits.

What is the sound Aw called?

The North American ‘aw sound’ /ɔ/ is one of the sounds with the greatest variation in pronunciation even within the continent. Some regions of the United States do not consider this to be a different sound from the ‘short o’ /ɑ/.

Is Won pronounced like one?

Won and one are two words that are often confused. They are pronounced in the same fashion but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. The word one is derived from the Old English word ān. Why one is pronounced in the manner it is now pronounced is unknown.

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Which is the correct pronunciation of the word one?

The word one would be expected to be pronounced /oʊn/ in modern English based on either its spelling or its etymology. The pronunciations starting with /w/ are exceptional. As far as I know, the use of /w/ in this word is not related to French in any way.

Why is ” one ” pronounced as ” Wan “, not ” Oh “?

It is cognate with the Latin unus — whence the French un you mention (and the Spanish un, and the Portuguese um …) — as well as with the German ein, the Russian один, etc. So does this mean (as I’m not quite sure what the notation in the last bit means) that originally, i.e. in Old English, “one” was indeed pronounced like “own”?

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