Ah, that'll be my working-class Norfolk background in play there. Generally only words starting with 'th' use θ, words ending with it often use f instead.TheJuggler wrote:Cough - [ khɑf ]
Goth - [ gɑθ ]
I wasn't, so much - it's not so much regional differences because some Americans pronounce it with a long o and some Brits with a short o - it's just that they are two entirely different pronunciations (with a short u ) that are used depending on the word.TheJuggler wrote:Ah. This may be an example of the Cot-Caught Merger in action. I wasn't aware that you were referencing regional differences in pronunciation.
The fact that we can argue over how to pronounce words itself means there's a big problem here.