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Glide Cluster Reduction

The original pronunciation of words written with <wh> such as white, whale, when, was the cluster /hw/, which we can think of as an unvoiced w, which we can write or .
This original sound is retained in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and here and there in North America. Elswhere it has usually been lost, although the speech-conscious may sometimes use it more or less artificially, sometimes hypercorrecting ("Would you like some more whine, my dear?")

Scotland, etc.

which way

white whale



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