I can't even think of a way to pronounce either differently
The chicken's so roar I can hear it roar!
Centuries ago I had a Scots boyfriend who always laughed when I used the words poor, pour and paw. Said they all sounded the same and spent hours teaching me to say them 'properly'.
For the Yanks - we say "Sore" and Soar the same way you say "Saw". We tend not to pronounce the letter "R" if it's at the end of a word. e.g. for "Redder", Americans will say "Red-urr", really stressing the "er" at the end, whereas we say "red-duh".
They're definitely homophones in Britain though, as well as in most other non N. American English speaking countries.
Whole and hole sound totally different whenever I hear anyone say them. Close, but no seegar.
And re: Pharley and someone - a person with an RP accent, whether office worker or Earl, would pronounce all 3 words the same.
On the subject of ships you might as well say butt and boat are pronounced the same way.
"Me or my wife?"
The rest of the world: 6.650 billion people.
We far outweigh the people of the US, so stop tailor-making your quizzes to cater to their linguistic style only. Put a disclaimer on your quizzes otherwise that states: you WILL NOT GET THIS if you don't speak/sound like an American.
Can't wait for the updated quizzes!
They are what Raphael uses!
Gored and gourd are not homophones