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Re^2: My favorite silent English letter is:

by runrig (Abbot)
on Mar 02, 2012 at 18:36 UTC ( #957529=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: My favorite silent English letter is:
in thread My favorite silent English letter is:

The "o" in "opossum" is not silent. "Possum" refers to a completely different animal.

According to Merriam-Webster, the "o" in opossum is optionally silent.

I'm not sure what to make of the pronunciation of opossum at dict.org, as I can't find a pronunciation guide there (maybe the "*" after the "O" means it's optional? - update: Nope, other examples show clearly it's just a delimiter between syllables).

I find it interesting that only the opossum "plays possum." I think perhaps the "o" is an invisible silent letter in that phrase :-)

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