I found myself lying awake last night, and circumstances reminded me of the word "owl." A curious word--it's got one vowel, but two syllables. I tried to distract myself from the anxieties that were keeping me awake by thinking of another such word, and I got nowhere. Not even "awl," despite the similarity. Plenty of words have two vowels and one syllable, and that old Scrabble standby with two letters and two syllables, "aa", percolated into my sleeplessness. What eventually let me get to sleep was thinking of my niece's pronunciation when she was feeling cranky this summer, pronounced with the kind of whine that only a young child can pull off: "I'm hot" pronounced "I'm hoo-oe-aaaawwt!" One vowel, at least three syllables, stretched out over about fifteen seconds, and "Mom" was pronounced just the same way.
Anyone know any other one-vowel, multisyllable words? Please comment if you do. I'll sleep better.