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Re^4: My favorite silent English letter is:

by mertserger (Curate)
on Mar 06, 2012 at 12:00 UTC ( #958064=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: My favorite silent English letter is:
in thread My favorite silent English letter is:

Looking at the OED it would appear that there might be some Americans who don't pronounce the second "f" in "fifth", so it would be more like "fith", but I am struggling to think of a genuine standardly-pronounced word with a silent f.


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Re: My favorite silent English letter is:
by jonadab (Parson) on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:19 UTC
    it would appear that there might be some Americans who don't pronounce the second "f" in "fifth", so it would be more like "fith"

    I can confirm that. I lived for three years in a community in western Michigan where *nobody* pronounced the second F in fifth (and they looked at you kind of funny if you did). The resulting pronunciation was *exactly* like "fith". The phenomenon, however, is not particularly widespread.

    Update:
    I am struggling to think of a genuine standardly-pronounced word with a silent f.

    I don't think there are any, unless you count cases where the entire syllable containing the f is routinely omitted (e.g., camouflage). That's really not the same phenomenon as a silent letter.

    Then again, several of the ones on the list aren't really the normal "silent letter" phenomenon either...

    One that's omitted from the list is the T in tsunami, which has an entirely different linguistic background from the T in depot. Some of the ones on the list have examples that use other letters, e.g., the K in know is exactly the same as the G in gnostic, right down to coming from the same Indo-European root.

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roman%20%C3%A0%20clef

        Please learn how to make links on PerlMonks.

        For dictionary definitions, the preferred form is [dict://roman a clef]roman a clef, or alternatively [wikt://roman a clef]roman a clef, unless you want one specific dictionary site in particular.

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