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The One Letter in the Alphabet That Can't Be Silent

The One Letter in the Alphabet That Can't Be Silent

The English language can be baffling at times—just look to words like phlegm, receipt, and chthonic for proof. Silent letters are unavoidable. The one silent J in the entire English language appears in marijuana, a term of Spanish origin. But even accounting for words we've adopted from other tongues, there's not one example of a silent V in the English dictionary. The prevalence of silent letters is just one frustrating aspect of our language.

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