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On Fri, 27 Jul 2001 13:00:32 -0400, Roger Mills <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Add to that the fact that /U/ has very limited distribution in English.
>Take the list of Engl. consonants and generate all the monosyllables #(C)/U/
>C#.  I come up with around 30.  No CUg (except 2syl. booger, bogeyman;
>ancient slang "boog", a  syn for the N-word that I heard once or twice 50
>years ago, in highschool)
>no CUnasal, no CUp (except "oops");

I have one CUnasal, although it's a foreign name: Sung [sUN] (the dynasty).
And "oops" is [ups] for me. There's a lot of /u/ ~ /U/ variation between
dialects, and /U/ is rare enough to begin with.