I suspect /hup/ is unavoidable if you’re going to aspirate the initial consonant.Â In other contexts (what, why, wheel) /hw/ is distinct, but /hwu/ is nearly impossible to say or hear distinctly.Â It’s bound to drop back to /hu/ no matter how hard you try to make it clear.
(Edit: I really shouldn’t say aspirate here; it’s not the same thing.Â But you probably know what I mean.)
Most Users Ever Online: 1147
Currently Browsing this Page:
Bob Bridges: 676
Ron Draney: 627
Guest Posters: 608
Moderators: Grant Barrett: 1425