Silent Consonants

October 10, 2013

Why is there a “g” in “gnat” and a “k” in “knight”? And what the heck did  “hnecca” used to mean? LSA English Professor Anne Curzan explains why some silent consonants survive—like the “k” in “knife”—and takes a stab at why some don’t.

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Video production by Natalie Condon and Rob Hess.

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