The English language has a lot of silent letters.
Silent letters cause difficulties for both native speakers and English learners, because they make the spelling of words different from their pronunciation.
Here’s a list of common words with silent letters from A to Z!
artistically, logically, musically, romantically, stoically
climb, comb, crumbs, debt, doubt, numb, subtle, thumb, tomb
acquire, muscle, scissors
Wednesday, sandwich, handsome, edge, bridge
hate, name, like, breathe
sign, champagne, gnaw, high, light, reign, though, through
honest, ghost, heir, hour, what, whether
knead, knife, knight, knock, knot, know
would, should, calf, half, salmon, talk, yolk
autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn
corps, coup, pneumonia, psychology, receipt
(no words in American English. However, British English has some silent Rs)
aisle, island, debris, apropos, bourgeois
asthma, ballet, castle, gourmet, listen, rapport, ricochet, soften
colleague, guess, guard, guide, guilt, guitar, tongue
answer, sword, two, whole, wrist, write, who
Faux pas is a word of French origin. It means a “social mistake” or “inconsiderate action in a social situation.”
Example: “Not inviting his mother-in-law to the party was a serious faux pas.”
Rendezvous is another word of French origin, meaning “a meeting or appointment at a specified time and place.” Alternatively, it can mean “place of meeting.”
Example: “Bob and I have planned a rendezvous this weekend so that our families can get to know each other.”
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