[ʊ] is a short vowel sound, as in good or wolf or bush. Is there at least one word which starts with it in English?

  • Do you have any particular dialect in mind? Different dialects sometimes have very different vowel sounds.
    – stangdon
    Mar 24 '17 at 16:39
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    In Yorkshire English, the poncy southern /ʌ/ is pronounced as a proper manly /ʊ/. So you do get it up north /ʊp nɔːθ/
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 24 '17 at 18:16
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    @JavaLatte: But even us poncy southerners say Oops! on those (incredibly rare) occasions when we make a mistake (such as when we think we might have mispronounced oophyte! :) Mar 24 '17 at 19:16



(UK) IPA(key): /ˈʊm.laʊt/, /ˈʌm.laʊt/

(US) IPA(key): /ˈʊm.laʊt/, /ˈum.laʊt/

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    Some word you got there Mar 24 '17 at 17:06
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    It was what came to mind.
    – Davo
    Mar 24 '17 at 17:13
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    not very English though, is it?
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 24 '17 at 18:11

Oopsy-daisy (AmE) starts with /ʊ/. And I think it counts as a word—it's in the dictionary.

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    And "oops" is another by itself, so you get credit for two words.
    – fixer1234
    Mar 25 '17 at 5:19

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