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Why is “sew” pronounced as “so”?

Why is sew (/səʊ/ or /sō/) pronounced similar to so rather than to few or sue? Looking at its etymology, Old English siwian "to stitch," earlier siowian, from Proto-Germanic *siwjanan (cf. Old ...
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Why is “door” pronounced with an “o” sound and not a “u”?

Why is door pronounced as in 'o' not as in 'u' ?