How is the word ‘ombudsman’ pronounced?

The ‘o’ is like the ‘o’ in ‘hot’, ‘got’, and ‘not’, and the following ‘u’ sounds like the ‘u’ in ‘put’, ‘pull’, and ‘full’. The ‘s’ is pronounced like the ‘z’ in ‘zoo’, ‘zip’, and ‘zap’, and the final ‘a’ is like the ‘a’ in ‘china’. The stress is on the first syllable ‘om’.

An ‘ombudsman’ is someone who investigates complaints made by people against the government or any public organisation. He is an independent official who represents the common man in his fight against the government

Examples: All complaints must be made in writing to the banking ombudsman by three this afternoon.

The word is Swedish in origin and it means ‘representative’ or ‘agent’. I understand that the word was borrowed into English in the 1960s. The word is being slowly replaced by ‘ombudsperson’

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – August 13, 2007 

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