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If you loosen your throat, じょう might turn to しょう as you say. But that has nothing to do with one's style. edit: じょう as in げきじょう is not easy to deeply pronounce (in fact, しょう as in えきしょう is sharply pronounced with the vowel in き skipped) and it could be physically closer to しょう as in, say, あいしょう rather than average じょう.
Nowadays, を exists just as the particle. You can not distinguish the pronunciation of を from that of お. Originally, を was used for an independent sound, that was /wo/ not /o/ in phonology. 男 was をとこ never おとこ, 踊る was をどる never おどる till around 9th century. But it is said that を /wo/ and お /o/ were absolutely confused by the end of 11th century. Even if a ...
As you know, the character 'を' is primarily or exclusively used as a postpositional particle to mark the object as in '本を読む,' '字を書く,' while 'お' is widely used as a prefix to a noun in honorific or polite expressions like 'お元気でいらっしゃいますか,' 'お越しいただく,' 'お神籤,' 'お茶' and 'お神酒,' as well as a character to indicate an ‘o’ sound such as in 'おかしい(可笑しい),' 'おとす(落とす),' ...
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