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Joined: September 19, 2010
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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.

james3 September 22, 2010, 5:08am

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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!

james3 September 21, 2010, 10:21am

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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?

james3 September 21, 2010, 10:02am

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Well one of the a's in aardvark is certainly silent.

james3 September 19, 2010, 7:49am

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