Decoding exercises: "oy"

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boy /bɔɪ/

The sequence "oy" is normally at the end of the word or before a consonant, and it is very reliably pronounced as IPA phoneme /ɔɪ/. This page deals with the exceptions.

  • buoy /bɔɪ, ˈbuːiAmE/
  • buoyant /ˈbɔɪənt, ˈbuːjəntAmE/
  • coyote /kaɪˈəʊti, kɔɪˈəʊti,BrE ˈkaɪoʊtAmE/
  • voyeur /vwaɪˈɜːr, vwɑːˈjɜːr, vɔɪˈɜːr/

"oy" as /ɔɪ/ before a consonant

Compound words and words ending in -hood, -ment or -ness are omitted.

  • boycott, boysenberry, gargoyle, Joyce, oyster


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