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January 7, 2012
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Oh yeah, to add to the list for silent letters:i: eight, freighto: people [which is also often pronounced with a soft l]Thanks, Peter, also, for pontacq [70+points for Scrabble]On the flip side of this, how many English words have pronounciations of a letter that the word does not contain?a: eight, weighbcd: e: ziti, f: laugh, phone, [anything with gh]g:h:celloi: eye, [Thames], lymph;thymej:k: chil:m:n:o:______eauxp:q:r:s: pizza, psi, ci____; xut:u:ewe;too, to,....................v: ofw: one; chihuahuax: ecstasyy: llamaz: xi
Fun thread indeed! After reading all of these, I am convinced that the only letters never silent in English language [excluding proper nouns] are f, [unless you must debate the ff sounds], r, and v. Walk, talk, caulk, and many others with 'lk', have the l as audible but pronounced as a soft w sound. And thanks, Peter, for reminding me about 'fjord'. Thanks, everyone, for extending my [Scrabble] vocabulary.
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