I have just heard Australian-English actor Rob Inglis repeatedly pronounce the word "door" so that it rhymes with "poor".

In what dialect is that pronunciation found? Is it Australian?

Edit - clarification

My "Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary" gives the pronunciation [dɔ:(r)] for "door" and [pʊǝ(r)] for "poor"

Mr Inglis' pronunciation is [dʊǝ], not [dɔ:].

| improve this question | | | | |
  • 3
    Does he say "Hodor"? ;) – NVZ Jun 20 '16 at 17:48
  • 4
    Uh, "door" does rhyme with "poor", at least to a pretty good approximation. – Hot Licks Jun 20 '16 at 17:50
  • 2
    How do you pronounce poor? Does it rhyme with shore, fir, sewer, sure, or none of the above? – Peter Shor Jun 20 '16 at 18:00
  • 2
    In Standard BE door and poor are not the same. They may be the same in some regional accents (North-East comes to mind). In Std BE, door rhymes with pour and poor rhymes with dour. Go figure (as we Brits don't say). – Andrew Leach Jun 20 '16 at 18:04
  • 3
    @sumelic, wow. I have never heard dour pronounced to rhyme with tour, only with hour. Yet I see it's the first listed pronunciation on m-w.com. Learning all sorts of things here. :-) – Hellion Jun 20 '16 at 18:45

In Mid-Ulster English, admittedly far from Australia,

/ʉ/ is possible before /r/ in floor, whore, door, board, etc.
Wikipedia Ulster English

For pronunciation of /ʉ/ see Wikipedia Close central rounded vowel which has a link to an audio file.

| improve this answer | | | | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.