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Apparently, the word upon has its origin in the words up and on. Since I recently heard a non-native speaker pronounce upon as ['ʌpɒn], I would like to know if there is any record regarding the evolution of its pronunciation. Was (or is) it ever commonly pronounced in this way?

  • The answer is undoubtedly "If so, then a very long time ago". OED has an entry from 1272 - Luue Ron 121 in Old Eng. Misc. 97 Hit stont vppon a treowe mote. – WS2 Mar 29 '18 at 21:20
  • 'There is a hammer up on the top shelf' is quite acceptable. Are you sure the speaker really was aiming for 'upon'? – Edwin Ashworth Mar 29 '18 at 23:10
  • @EdwinAshworth Yes, but as I pointed out, he was not a native speaker. He used phrases such as "upon adding x to y" etc. – painfulenglish Mar 30 '18 at 5:30

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