All about “OUR” spellings.



These “OUR” spellings say the “ER” sound:
 

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C o u r a g e
             

 

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A d j o u r n
             

 

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G l a m o u r
             

 

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N o u r i s h
             

 

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J o u r n e y
             

 

 
But these “OUR” spellings say the “HOUR” sound:
 

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Combined
O u r s
       
 
Combined
S o u r b a l l
               
 
Combined
H o u r l y
           
 
Combined
F l o u r
         
 
Combined
S c o u r
         
 

 
Good grief, these “OUR” spellings say the “OAR” sound:
 

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Blended
F o u r
       
 
Blended
P o u r e d
           
 
Blended
C o u r t h o u s e
                   
 
Blended
M o u r n f u l
               
 
Blended
G o u r d s
           
 

 
Oh my, and look at OTHER ways we spell the “OAR” sound, in addition to OUR — OR, ORE, OAR, EOR, OOR:
(Even OHR: Bohr, bohrium)
 

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M o r e
       
 
Blended
S t o r e
         
 
Blended
R o a r
       
 
Blended
S o a r
       
 
Blended
G e o r g e
           
 
Blended
G e o r g i a
             
 
Blended
D o o r
       
 
Blended
F l o o r
         
 
Blended
N o r t h
         
 
Blended
F o r k
       
 
Blended
F o r
     


Blended
O r
   
 

  
You’ve gotta be kidding. Now you tell me that “OR” can sound different than “OAR?” It can make the “ER” sound?

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C o l o r
         
 
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D o c t o r
           
 
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A u t h o r
           
 
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R a z o r
         
 
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H o r r o r
           
 
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M o t o r
         
 
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A l l i g a t o r
                 
 
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V e l o c i r a p t o r