What words have a silent m?
Start learning English today! There are plenty of words in the English language that smuggle in a ‘b’ where it’s not needed, supposedly. The silent b, usually coming after an m, is not pronounced ‘b’ as it would normally be at the front of a word (‘boy’).
Silent letters from A to Z. A – artistically, logically, musically, romantically, stoically B – comb, climb, debt, plumber, tomb, subtle, dumb, bomb, doubt, , numb, subpoena, thumb, womb. C – acquire, acquit, blackguard, connecticut, czar, muscle, scissors, victual.
However, when the letter ‘k’ precedes the letter ‘n’ at the start of a word, it falls silent; such as ‘know’. Know’ is interesting, because even though the ‘k’ is silent (we don’t say ‘cah-noh’), it is not pronounced the same way as ‘now’.
Helpful uses of silent letters: The letter ‘H’, when pronounced alone, should sound like ‘aitch’, but when used at the start of most words beginning with H, it uses its pronounced sound (e.g. hotel, house, ham), BUT it is usually silent in words that are of French origin such as hour, honest, heir, and honour.
Up until the 17th century we observed this practice and actually pronounced “knee,” for instance, as “k’nee” and “knife” as “k’nife.” But sometime in the 1500s we started dropping that “k” sound, probably because folks simply found that “kn” sound a bit clumsy to pronounce.
Is the D silent in Sandwich?
Is M is a silent letter?
W is a silent consonant in the word wreath. Dr. In English pronunciation, a silent letter—a term used informally—is a letter or letter combination of the alphabet that is usually not pronounced in a word. Examples include the b in subtle, the c in scissors, the g in design, the t in listen, and the gh in thought.
A list of 95 words by pterodactyl.
There are over 90 words in English that start with a silent letter. Here are some of them.
mneme(n), mnemic(adj), mnemonic(n, adj), mnemonical(adj), mnemonically(adv), mnemonics(n), mnemonist(n), Mnemosyne(n), mnemotechnic(adj), mnemotechnically(adv), mnemotechnist(n), Mniaceae(n). Observation: ‘mn’ makes /n/ sound.