More about the < u > / < o > interrelationship

uuouThere was an increasing tendency to use o > instead of u > when that helped to make the spelling clearer. Compare the two examples on the left. The first < uv > is written in the script of the time, then as < ov >. The contrast in clarity is obvious.

Similar considerations of visual clarity have had an influence in the phoneme /  / coming to be represented by < o > when Modern English speakers might expect < u >.

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