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Re: My favorite silent English letter is:

by PhilHibbs (Hermit)
on Mar 01, 2012 at 11:11 UTC ( #957170=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My favorite silent English letter is:

How is Hajj an English word? Marijuana would be better. Sure, it's a loan words from another language, but we added the 'j' for the English version of the word so it definitely counts!
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Re^2: My favorite silent English letter is:
by DrHyde (Prior) on Mar 01, 2012 at 11:30 UTC
    How is hajj an English word? Same way that rendezvous and skiff and alcohol are.
      I think most people would make a distinction between words that have been adopted into mainstream English usage, and foreign language words that we use because there isn't an English word. Hajj isn't a generic word that can be used for any other purpose. It has a specific meaning, and it is inappropriate - even offensive - to use it in any other context. I would never "go on a hajj to Bletchley Park", for instance, but I would "go on a pilgrimage" to it. So while technically it is "a word that is used in the English language", it's very much a borderline case. Although it's legal in Scrabble, so maybe I'm wrong.

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