…ng ignored, akin to when someone you’re talking with scans the space over your shoulder at a party. “You see the rest of us spelling it ‘whoa,’” she told me, “or are you not seeing it? Why are you sticking to this? Why are you choosing to be this way? The rest of us have agreed on so…
Great article, and this passage on “whoa” vs “woah” cracked me up, but “woah” does have more of a phonetic thing going for it. Since “whoa” is already informal, I see no issue with innovating it.
The “wh” digraph in the English language carries its own pet peeve for me. Most speakers nowadays will make the ‘h’ completely silent, but an audible minority will sneak in that breathy ‘h’ sound, usually before the ‘w’, as in “H-what”, or “H-whale”.