Announcement: Be excellent to each other.


Caravel Forum : Other Boards : Anything : English language (Fun things)
New Topic New Poll Post Reply
Poster Message
The spitemaster
Level: Smiter
Avatar
Rank Points: 348
Registered: 06-09-2005
IP: Logged
icon English language (0)  
I sometimes suffer from sudden bouts of dyslexia. Yesterday, I read 'sword' and pronounced the 'w' in my head.

This lead to a discussion of what letters in the English language are silent in any word or location.

The rules are this:
The letter must not be part of a compound letter grouping 'ch'or 'ck' in check
Dipthong's are also not allowed.

Currently we have 14 of the 26 different letters.

____________________________
Last night upon a stair
I met a man that wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
I wish that man would stay away
08-12-2019 at 12:44 AM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Send Email to User Visit Homepage Show all user's posts This architect's holds Quote Reply
LeoS
Level: Master Delver
Rank Points: 267
Registered: 04-02-2015
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (0)  
The word 'boatswain' alone gives a nice yield :)
08-12-2019 at 02:20 AM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts High Scores Quote Reply
Dischorran
Level: Smitemaster
Avatar
Rank Points: 2027
Registered: 09-10-2005
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (0)  
Perhaps a list of the letters you already have would help this along?

____________________________
Click here to view the secret text

08-12-2019 at 08:28 PM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Send Email to User Show all user's posts High Scores This architect's holds Quote Reply
Nuntar
Level: Smitemaster
Avatar
Rank Points: 3647
Registered: 02-20-2007
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (0)  
Click here to view the secret text


____________________________
50th Skywatcher

[Last edited by Nuntar at 08-13-2019 11:33 PM]
08-12-2019 at 08:35 PM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts High Scores This architect's holds Quote Reply
disoriented
Level: Smitemaster
Rank Points: 1623
Registered: 08-07-2007
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (+2)  
J: marijuana
S: island
Y: beyond?
Click here to view the secret text


____________________________
34th Skywatcher

[Last edited by disoriented at 08-12-2019 08:53 PM]
08-12-2019 at 08:49 PM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Send Email to User Show all user's posts High Scores This architect's holds Quote Reply
Rabscuttle
Level: Smitemaster
Avatar
Rank Points: 2074
Registered: 09-10-2004
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (+1)  

08-12-2019 at 09:04 PM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts High Scores This architect's holds Quote Reply
The spitemaster
Level: Smiter
Avatar
Rank Points: 348
Registered: 06-09-2005
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (0)  
A: read
B: comb
C: scion
D:
E: love
F:
G: though
H: herb
I:
J:
K: knock
L: salmon
M: mnemonic
N:
O:
P: pneumatic
Q:
R:
S: Island
T: apostle
U: queue
V:
W: Sword
X:
Y:
Z:

____________________________
Last night upon a stair
I met a man that wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
I wish that man would stay away
08-13-2019 at 04:24 AM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Send Email to User Visit Homepage Show all user's posts This architect's holds Quote Reply
hyperme
Level: Smitemaster
Avatar
Rank Points: 555
Registered: 06-23-2006
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (0)  
The 'h' in herb isn't silent.

Otherwise it's actually interesting to see a number of words where removing the silent letter would affect the pronounciation of the word.

____________________________
[Insert witty comment here]
Qzvlkx?
08-13-2019 at 08:01 AM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts High Scores This architect's holds Quote Reply
Dying Flutchman
Level: Master Delver
Avatar
Rank Points: 247
Registered: 01-27-2017
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (0)  
quote:
hyperme wrote:
The 'h' in herb isn't silent.

Otherwise it's actually interesting to see a number of words where removing the silent letter would affect the pronounciation of the word.


What about quite -> quit ? Messed up the whole pronunciation.
Not to mention quiet and quid.

English orthography is a mess, really. If you read a word you don't know, it's basically guesswork how to pronounce it (example: finite/infinite). Conversely, if you hear a word you don't know, you can never tell for sure how to write it...

____________________________
Autocorrect is not my friend. Apologies for the typos.
08-13-2019 at 12:56 PM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts High Scores This architect's holds Quote Reply
Tuttle
Level: Smitemaster
Avatar
Rank Points: 1480
Registered: 02-22-2003
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (+1)  
quote:
hyperme wrote:
The 'h' in herb isn't silent.
It typically is in the US (where they kept the French pronunciation). Pronouncing the 'h' was a later addition by the British.
08-13-2019 at 02:26 PM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Send Email to User Show all user's posts High Scores Quote Reply
Tahnen
Level: Goblin
Avatar
Rank Points: 15
Registered: 04-28-2012
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (0)  
F is for halfpenny, o'course.
08-13-2019 at 10:00 PM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts Quote Reply
Rabscuttle
Level: Smitemaster
Avatar
Rank Points: 2074
Registered: 09-10-2004
IP: Logged
icon Re: English language (+1)  

08-16-2019 at 12:27 AM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts High Scores This architect's holds Quote Reply
New Topic New Poll Post Reply
Caravel Forum : Other Boards : Anything : English language (Fun things)
Surf To:


Forum Rules:
Can I post a new topic? No
Can I reply? No
Can I read? Yes
HTML Enabled? No
UBBC Enabled? Yes
Words Filter Enable? No

Contact Us | CaravelGames.com

Powered by: tForum tForumHacks Edition b0.98.8
Originally created by Toan Huynh (Copyright © 2000)
Enhanced by the tForumHacks team and the Caravel team.