Contrary to University of Pennsylvania scholar Evan Goldin's pronunciation, the word is actually pronounced: QUAY-HOG —This unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) at 16:48, 8 May 2006 (UTC).
Linguistic Atlas of New EnglandEdit
The 1939 Linguistic Atlas of New England has this to say: page 13:
- The Plymouth Area and the Narragansett Bay Area have the following features in common:
- 94 tempest ‘storm’ (see Chart 19)
- 285 quahog [kwɒhɒg], beside the Massachusetts Bay cohog [ko-] and the blend quohog [kwo-] (see Chart 6).
also on page 13:
- From the Boston Area have been introduced [to somewhere around Buzzards Bay, the Cape and the Islands]:
- 285 cohog [kohɔg], for the older quahog [kwɒhɒg] 'round clam';
- Another case of common preservation is 285 quahog (ˈkwɒhɒg), whose area extends from lower Cape Cod (199, 120) and Nantucket (124) to the eastern counties of Connecticut (see Chart 6). The Massachusetts Bay form cohog [ˈkohɒg] and a blend of the two, quohog [ˈkwohɒg], have spread to the coastal area of Plymouth but have not invaded Rhode Island nor as yet reached the lower Cape.
- [The term round clam] is now in general use in western Connecticut, where it has rather recently replaced the older quohog [kwohɔg], cohog [ko-], and has spread up the Connecticut Valley as far as 224 Springfield; east of the Connecticut River, however, this commercial competitor of the old local quahog [kwɔhɔg] has become established only in points along the coast as far as 80 Providence.
- What about /kwəˈhɔg/ and /kwəˈhɒg/? —JohnC5 06:45, 19 February 2016 (UTC)
- Dictionary.com also lists them, but I didn't see other confirmation of them, so I took back them out right after I added them. However, they are the only pronunciations listed in Century! Maybe they're dated. Century has kwa̤-hog', -hȧg', where a̤ = the 'a' of 'errant'; o = the 'o' /ɑ/ of 'pod'; and ȧ = the 'a' /ɔ/ of 'quaff' (not of 'quad'). It also adds the variant spellings cohaug and cohauk to the variety we already have. - -sche (discuss) 06:41, 19 February 2016 (UTC)