17 words that aren’t spelled like they sound

Sometimes the rules of English spelling make no sense.

The reason for the confusion is the diverse origins of English words. German, Latin, French, and Greek are all common sources, and each language follows a different set of rules for spelling. Even the best spellersincluding those who avidly read PR Dailycan be tripped up by the irregularities of English spelling.

Perhaps it’s because there are so many English words that aren’t spelled the way they sound. Below are a few of the most befuddling ones. (Click on the word for an audible pronunciation.)

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readers . . . any words to add to this list?


This article was first published on Ragan Communication’s PR Daily.



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