I have listened to the pronunciation of the word skull in both Oxford and Longman Dictionaries AE and BE.

I do not feel that u in skull is pronounced like the u in cup ,it is more similar to the oo in book.

Is there a reason for that ?

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    Almost all English speakers will pronounce it with u as in cup, not oo as in book. – Théophile Apr 4 '18 at 17:40
  • The Oxford BrE pronunciations of skull and book sound very different, and quite accurate. More to the point of your question is why do you not feel that skull is pronounced like cup? – Andrew Leach Apr 4 '18 at 17:49
  • @Rani2Add I think you mean something between "ɔ" and "æ". Yes? – haha Apr 4 '18 at 17:53
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    Do "skull" and "bull" (or any of these words) rhyme for you? – Laurel Apr 4 '18 at 17:58
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    I think your question is kind of related to this one. Is it? – haha Apr 4 '18 at 18:01

Have a listen to the pronunciation on American Heritage Dictionary. They write it as (skŭl), using the same symbol as their vowel in "cup" (kŭp).

I've heard the pronunciation vary by region and culture across the US, sometimes like the vowel in "cup", sometimes as in "book", sometimes as in "coal".

There's something about vowels being followed by the letter L.

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