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Silent Letters—Words With a Silent “P”

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From “pterodactyl” to “raspberry”, this blog post will go over words with a silent “p” and provide examples.

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Have you ever come across a word with a silent “p”?
  • A silent “p” can be found at the beginning of words, in the middle, or towards the end.
  • Examples of words with a silent “p” include psychology, raspberry, and receipt.

Words With Silent Letters

The English language can be deceiving. There are rules that come with a multitude of exceptions, words that have numerous definitions, and silent letters—letters that aren’t pronounced aloud but are included in the spelling.

You don’t have to look too far to find words with a silent letter. In fact, every letter in the alphabet plays the role of a silent letter at least once. Today, we’ll be focusing on one silent letter in particular: the silent “p.”

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The “p” in “receipt” is silent.

The Silent “P”

When followed by the letters “n,” “s,” or “t,” the letter “p” at the beginning of a word is usually silent. More often than not, these letter arrangements are found in words with Greek origins. For example, the prefix “psych–” derives from the Greek word psukhē, which refers to “the soul, mind, and spirit.” From here, many words have been created, like psychology and psychiatry, to list a few.

However, not all words with a silent “p,” have Greek influence. In some words, such as raspberry, the “p” became silent over time due to the difficulty of pronouncing both “p” and “b” together.


Words With Silent “P”

Sometimes the best way to learn how to spell a word, especially one with a silent letter, is to familiarize yourself with them. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the many words that have a silent “p.”

Receipt
Pseudo
Pseudonym

Psoriasis
Psychotherapy
Pneumonia

Cupboard
Coup
Corps
Pterodactyl


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