di_glossia (di_glossia) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Hour, Our, and Are=Homophones?

I have a younger brother in elementary school in Virginia (USA), who I babysit on a regular basis for various reasons. On school nights, I often check his homework, which includes print-outs on the English language. They're terrible, to put it bluntly, absolutely terrible. They use horrible sentences, have no understanding of coordinating conjunctions, and often misuse words. However, one "lesson" caught my attention: hour, our, and are are homophones of each other (the print-out used the word homonym, but let's not get into that).

In our dialect of English, they are not. Hour does not rhyme with our. Our and are rhyme, but no child would mistake are for hour or hour for our. I am aware that our and hour are homophones in some dialects, but does anyone know of a dialect where all three are homophones?
Tags: english, english dialects, pronunciation
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