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    Caulk VS Cock

    How are the pronunciations for "caulk" and "cock" different?

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    Re: Caulk VS Cock

    Look them up on some dictionary websites (I would suggest you try both British and American ones) and pay attention to the sound. Many of the famous dictionary websites let you click and listen to how the word is pronounced.
    In this case, also pay attention to the length of the sound.

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    Re: Caulk VS Cock

    The vowel sounds are completely different.

    caulk = /kɔːk/, it rhymes with chalk.
    cock = /kɒk/, it rhymes with sock.

    Are you sure you didn't mean 'cork'? In BrE there is no difference in pronunciation between 'cork' and 'caulk' because BrE is non-rhotic. This isn't the case with AmE where the two words would not be identical.

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    Re: Caulk VS Cock

    Yes, surely you mean "cork"?

    The word "caulk" is quite a specialised term from building and construction, so I'm not sure why you'd need to know it.

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    Re: Caulk VS Cock

    Bookmark Forvo for future reference. You can listen to real people pronouncing words in most variants of English (and hundreds of other languages).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Caulk VS Cock

    Quote Originally Posted by TomMWilliams View Post
    DMost Brits pronounce both cloth and caulk with a rounder [o:] sound and also round the open back vowel in the lot/cock group so that you get [kɒk, lɒt]. I hope this helps!
    That may have been true of speakers of refined RP half a century ago, but it is not today. Most speakers of Southern British standard English pronounce the /ɔː/ of caulk somewhere between the cardinal vowels [ɔ] and [o]; they pronounce the /ɒ/ of cock very much like an open, lip-rounded cardinal [ɒ]

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    Re: Caulk VS Cock

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    How are the pronunciations for "caulk" and "cock" different?
    In my accent, they are not different at all. (Just like "chalk" and "sock.")

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    Re: Caulk VS Cock

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    In my accent, they are not different at all. (Just like "chalk" and "sock.")
    Fine. I was speaking only about my dialect.

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    Re: Caulk VS Cock

    They are different for me. "Chalk" is pronounced like "hawk"; sock is pronounced like "mock".

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    Re: Caulk VS Cock

    interesting one- to a British ear American pronunciation of Caulk can sound similar to American pronunciation of Sock. But in Britain we say caulk equal to cork, as mentioned above.
    It's not that specialist- do you remember that when Silicone Sealant first came out in America it was called Bath Tub Caulk?

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