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Why are there silent letters in English words? - Big Questions - (Ep. 42)

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Around 60% of English words contain a silent letter. 00:10

  2. Exocentric letters make sounds unlike the sound of the letter—like the "th" in "then." 00:42

  3. In the Middle Ages, the "k" and the "gh" were pronounced in the word "knight." 01:28