AS A YOUNG LAD I WAD TAUGHT "w" IS SOMETIMES A VOWEL. IS THIS STILL TRUE?
When w follows o, and the o says it's name, the w is acting like a vowel (follows double vowel rule)
In these words: cow, town, brown, etc., w is a consonant.
In these words: tow, low, bowl, etc., w is a vowel. Notice the o is long and the w is silent.