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Re: My favorite silent English letter is:

by tobyink (Abbot)
on Feb 29, 2012 at 13:27 UTC ( #956930=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My favorite silent English letter is:

Does v in "revving" really count? In my books it's the same as the double l in "falling" - the two letters in the double are not pronounced separately from each other, but they act to disambiguate the pronunciation of the preceding vowel.

I'd expect "reving" to rhyme with "leaving".

Bringing things back to Perl, the parentheses are "silent" (useless) here:

my $foo = (__PACKAGE__);

But act as a disambiguator here:

$foo{(__PACKAGE__)} = 1;

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Re^2: My favorite silent English letter is:
by chacham (Parson) on Feb 29, 2012 at 15:00 UTC
    The idea was to give all (English) letters an option. The double letter options were given when i didn't find anything better.

    BTW, that's not an excuse. Just an explanation. :)

      fivepence works in some dialects

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