How to pronounce “Calm”? [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Closed 4 years ago. Improve this question I need to know how “Calm” is exactly pronounced (whether the L is silent or not). And I need … Read more

What is the significance of having a silent letter like “k” in a word? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Why does English spelling use silent letters? (9 answers) Closed 5 years ago. Why is the k silent in: known /nəʊn/; knife /nʌɪf/, and knight /nʌɪt/? What does this specify?And what is k doing there if there is no need to pronounce it? Answer That silent k, at one … Read more

History and Explanation of Scientific English Pronunciation Convention: PS, PN, PT

A research question on pronunciation I have been looking for the explanation and history of the English pronunciation convention of not pronouncing the P at the start of double consonant scientific words, in particular the P in Psychology. It is my understanding that the letter Psi in the root word psyche is pronounced in both … Read more

Silent /d/ or /t/

When a word ending with the /d/ or /t/ sound is pronounced and the next word starts with a consonant, the sounds /d/ or /t/ are silent. For example: I used to play tennis. My question is related to the regular verbs. Consider: I managed to do it. If the /d/ sound is silent in … Read more

Which word has a silent B at the start? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Is there a word spelled with a silent B at the start? (2 answers) Closed 2 years ago. According to this Guardian article, about the book “P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever”, there is one word in the English language which starts with a silent B. … Read more

Why are there some inert letters?

My original question was: why is ⟨g⟩ is silent in phlegm but not in its derivatives like phlegmatic? After a research, I was linked to the Silent letter wiki: Some are inert letters, which are sounded in a cognate word: e.g. ⟨n⟩ in damn (cf. damnation); ⟨g⟩ in phlegm (cf. phlegmatic); ⟨a⟩ in practically (cf. … Read more

What is the optional plural form of a word that ends in “‑y”?

I guess “optional plural” is the correct term. I’m referring to things like It can be found at the following location(s). Please pick up your ticket(s). But how do I do that to a word that ends in ‑y? Take category for example: “category(s)” doesn’t seem correct, because categorys is a misspelling. But everything else I … Read more

Is it “policy(ies)” or policy(s)” for an optional, parenthetical plural suffix? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Parenthetical pluralization of words ending in ‘-y’ (5 answers) Closed 6 years ago. When writing a noun that shows a parenthetical plural suffix option, which is acceptable, “policy(ies)” or policy(s)”? Answer Since the difference between the words is not a simple addition of characters, using parenthesis to show the … Read more

Why is the N silent in “solemn” but pronounced in “solemnity”

Solemn → /ˈsɒləm/: It has only /-m/ Solemnity → /səˈlɛmnɪti/: it has both /m/ and /n/ (/-mn-/) Looking up their etymology didn’t help much. But here is what etymology dictionary says: solemn: … from Old French solempne (12c., Modern French solennel) and directly from Latin sollemnis “annual, established, religiously fixed, formal, ceremonial, traditional,” perhaps related … Read more