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September 17, 2010
Goofy, agreed and point taken. but as a very general rule it sort of works, I suppose for people (like myself) who don't use 'unetymological' regularily or have much of a phonetic idea of the root etymology of english words, we can agree to overlook some fundamentals .thanks, though, for pointing that out.
September 22, 2010, 9:08am
thanks for all responses to this inane question, i really appriciate all of these contributions...I suppose there are differing phonetic pronounciations with many words depening on accents & dialects...(north american & europian mainly). but as a general rule...(like my post above) suppose the letter we are trying to give a silent example of were to be removed from the word...would it still be pronounced the same way. This is, I guess, my loose parameter for this. for example take the t out of listen and you have a different pronounciation.we are very close though to the full alphabet...nice work!
September 21, 2010, 2:21pm
lets stick with r...kind of a presupposition here, but, take a word like harrier. if say it was spelled with only one r would it be pronounced the same way? if so then one of them is silent, agree?
September 21, 2010, 2:02pm
Well one of the a's in aardvark is certainly silent.
September 19, 2010, 11:49am
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