“Uh…” 9 Fun Facts About the Schwa (Mental Floss)

Schwa (Illustration credit: Abby McBride)   The most common vowel sound in the English language is also the most understated – and arguably the laziest. The schwa (ə), known by such descriptive epithets as the murmur vowel and the neutral vowel, is that barely-there “uh” sound that you make when pronouncing certain unstressed syllables. Ever realized that A, E, I, O, U, and Y can all be pronounced as a schwa? Learn more fun facts about the upside-down e.

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