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.
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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