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Ha. I have a question. What is the correct pronunciation of this word? McGough? I looked it up-it has 14 different ways to pronounce it! So which way is it?

There is a park near me with that name and today I said it was McGough (long O), and then he said, no "f", because of the suffixes in America, blah, blah, blah. So I just had to look it up when I got home.

What "rule" do you use for a word like that? In PP, it's under long O, F, and short O, but no explanation.

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There is no rule for it. :-) You just have to know how to pronounce that particular word.


As lamamaloca said, "ough" has 6 different pronunciations, for no apparent reason whatsoever (although I would guess it has to do with the original language the word came from).


I worked with a man whose name was spelled that way; he pronounced it "McGoy" (rhymes with "soy").

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