Oh, Ways Foe-Ward!

Why is the pronunciation of “always” by NPR correspondents, hosts, and pundits, so consistently “oh-ways”, rhyming with “no days”?  What happened to the L?

And why is “forward” pronounced as “foe-ward”, rhyming with “no gourd”.  What happened to the R?

I guess all these people come from a particular area?  I’m guessing the NY Metro area.

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