aborigine / aubergine

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 2 21:22:58 UTC 2008


>And the relationship between its spelling and its pronunciation is exceptional, in that it has final E representing /i/ (rather than being "silent"), a property it shares with a small number of other words, among them epitome, catastrophe, hyperbole, apocope, synecdoche, calliope.

And  what may be the most widely familiar one: apostrophe.

Mark Mandel

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