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Re: My favorite silent English letter is:

by mertserger (Curate)
on Mar 01, 2012 at 15:35 UTC ( #957243=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My favorite silent English letter is:

Maybe other British English speakers will disagree with me, but I would never drop the "o" at the beginnging of "opossum" but then it isn't a word I use very much either.


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Re^2: My favorite silent English letter is:
by runrig (Abbot) on Mar 01, 2012 at 18:02 UTC
    The "o" completely disappears in the phrase "play possum" :-)
      But there is no silent O in "possum" though it is possible there might be a missing one, if you consider possum=opossum. It is quite common for words to lose letters over time, like how the Latin "fenestra" became the French "fenÍtre". Can you tell I do tech support for a dictionary?
        See my note elsewhere in this thread.
Re^2: My favorite silent English letter is:
by LanX (Canon) on Mar 01, 2012 at 18:08 UTC
    checking WP reveals that opossums and possums belong to different families.

    So probably it's a false example.

    Cheers Rolf

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