The Word Wood

The current assignment I’m studying in my Simplified Functional Manual are the vowel sounds: w, sw, wh.

One of the words in my reading lesson is the word “wood”.

The word WOOD

Usually when I come across a new word when I study it I sound the strokes out loud. But, I really don’t understand why the beginning of the outline has TWO small upside down hooks instead of one. They look more like the small hook that I just learned for the sounds as in the words up, foot, food.

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  1. Perhaps if you see the analogy with the other syllables, you will get it:

    wa: u hook – a circle, or u hook – o hook
    we/wi: u hook – i circle
    wo: u hook – o hook
    wu: u hook – u hook

    Also, u-hook-d is the brief form of "word" in earlier series of Gregg.

  2. So let me see if I follow what you're saying: the W sound is written with the upside down U hook and the O sound is also written with the upside down hook therefore the word WOOD is spelled with two upside down hooks… one for the W sound and the other for the O sound?

    1. Paul, think of the three sounds that are represented by the four main vowel groups. In the case of "u" it's:

      short – cup
      medium – book
      long – moon

      In this case, the diphthong begins with long "oo" and is followed by medium "oo."

      (I'm not sure if this considered a pure diphthong, but the principle is essentially the same.)

  3. The first u-hook means that the word starts with w. The second u-hook is because the sound after the w is a u sound. So if a word starts with w, you need two symbols: one for the w, and another for the vowel that follows. If the word is a brief form, of course, this won't apply.

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