Word Ways


Ralph G. Beaman


Somewhere along about the Third Grade we discovered that certain words are not pronounced at all the way they should be from their spellings. Remember PNEUMONIA with a silent P?

Logological research in this area appears to have been restricted to single letters. A list of 26 words containing the 26 silent letters and a corresponding list in which a letter sound appears without the letter was printed in the August 1970 issue of Word Ways (both lists were originally compiled by Dmitri Borgmann).