A Pilgrim in Narnia gets Arthurian Overload

Brenton Dickieson, the “Pilgrim in Narnia,” blogged this week about his “Arthurian Overload.” I am happy to reblog this post here. You can read it in its original context on his blog.

It was the silent “W” that made my childhood love of Arthur fade.W

English is a strange language:

“gh” and “ph” and “f” can make the same sound
what rule does “their” follow in the vowel placement?
what does “c” do, really?
“g” and “k” can be silent when followed with “n” but not when followed by “m”
where I live, there is a silent “z” (the name Dalziel is pronounce “Dee-el”)

And this doesn’t even get into the sounds my Celtic heritage makes.

So it shouldn’t surprise me that there is a silent “w” in “sword.” The “w” is silent in wriggle, wrinkle, wretch, and wridiculous. But when it came to the word “sword,” I couldn’t read the word on the page without pronouncing the “w” in my head. Here I am saying it in this clip when I was much younger:

I knew it should be pronounced “sord,”…

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About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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1 Response to A Pilgrim in Narnia gets Arthurian Overload

  1. Pingback: Life Lessons from King Arthur’s Court: Reblogged from A Pilgrim in Narnia | The Oddest Inkling

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