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#209504 - 02/11/13 12:20 PM Silent letters
Joel Offline
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When one of my sons moved to Knoxville, TN, I helped him with a home project. We ran into the need for a tool we didn't have. Said John, "I'll just pick one up at Mart." "Don't you mean, "K-Mart"?" I asked. "No, Dad," he said. "In Knoxville, the "k" is silent."

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#209508 - 02/11/13 01:28 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: Joel]
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Neat story.
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#209523 - 02/11/13 09:03 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: Joel]
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heh


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#209548 - 02/12/13 02:49 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: Joel]
danslos Offline
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I've been keeping a list of words with silent letters. I'd love to find a silent word with a j in it. J's the only letter that won't shut up. Please let me know if you come up with one.

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#209551 - 02/12/13 06:20 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: Joel]
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A principal I had in high school had the last name of
Labaj, pronounced Lah-bi. J was silent.

That's a neat site. Thanks.


But it did influence the second syllable, I suppose, like in hai jalai.


Edited by LukeJavan8 (02/12/13 06:25 PM)
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#209554 - 02/13/13 07:37 AM Re: Silent letters [Re: LukeJavan8]
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Beggars can't be choosers. Thanks!

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#209555 - 02/13/13 01:10 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: danslos]
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Hey I've not given up, stick with us.

I had a classmate with last name of Stejskal (Stays-cal).
But again the 'j' in whatever language the name is, may
influence the pronunciation.

In your list you have "half", but not the verb "halve".


Edited by LukeJavan8 (02/13/13 01:16 PM)
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#209557 - 02/13/13 03:24 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: Joel]
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Thanks for "halve"! If you find any more that I missed, please let me know.

While searching the web for words-with-silent-letters, I often come across folks who claim that j is silent in words like "jalapeņo" or "fajita." As in the name "Stejskal," though, I think it's just that you pronounce j differently in different languages. I'm still looking for the j that disappears completely.

-Daniel

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#209558 - 02/13/13 04:43 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: danslos]
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I'll look too, and hope I remember the thread here.
Maybe someone else is looking as well, and will post.
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#209560 - 02/13/13 07:33 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: danslos]
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Originally Posted By: danslos
I often come across folks who claim that j is silent in words like "jalapeņo" or "fajita."


That's just silly. You're right, it's just pronounced different.

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#209561 - 02/13/13 09:00 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: Joel]
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#209572 - 02/14/13 12:02 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: Joel]
danslos Offline
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After going through Raymond Long's Elements of English: Silent Letters, I added a bunch more words to my words with silent letters spreadsheet. Some of the additions are questionable, but many aren't. I'm amazed how many I missed.

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#209573 - 02/14/13 12:23 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: danslos]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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I don't have time to check, but do you have the
numberable 'ough's?

cough
dough
doughty
through
though
slough
sough
bough
plough
hough

and I've forgotten at least two of the nine+ pronunciations
involved with 'ough'.(that I know of)


Edited by LukeJavan8 (02/14/13 12:24 PM)
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#209574 - 02/14/13 01:17 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: LukeJavan8]
danslos Offline
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I have a few of them. I'll check when I have more time later on.

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#209576 - 02/14/13 08:04 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: danslos]
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It's the B not the D that's silent in bdellium.

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#209579 - 02/15/13 08:04 AM Re: Silent letters [Re: Faldage]
danslos Offline
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Thanks for pointing that out. Made the change.

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#209581 - 02/15/13 11:37 AM Re: Silent letters [Re: Joel]
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I'm reminded of my choral society director years ago. He cautioned us that we should sing "psalm" as in English, not Latin. The "p" was to be silent as in "swimming".


Edited by wgstoops (02/15/13 11:39 AM)
Edit Reason: spelling error
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#209583 - 02/15/13 12:45 PM Re: Silent letters [Re: wgstoops]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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I received a stern warning from a teacher
when I insisted on using the "p" in pneumonia,
which my brother was afflicted with, and still
kept using it. She was unhappy, very, with me.
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