Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 26 15:33:53 UTC 2008

Ah, but they're not confusable in context, /wIC/ is all that matters.

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On Jan 25, 2008 1:53 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

> Thanks! FWIW, Czech still uses the historical spelling, "kde."
> Considering that "kde" and "gde" have the same pronunciation in
> Russian, you'd expect that it, too, would have retained the historical
> spelling. But, of course, who knows from languages? Why are /hw/ and
> /w/ falling together as [w] in English, despite the fact that it
> introduces confusion - i.e. "which" v. "witch" - where once there was
> none?
> -Wilson

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