Image courtesy of Tamara Stokes
What happened to the “c” in “excellence?” Such a bitter irony on this sweet confection; it’s the centerpiece for a scholarly cause. This is another case of a silent letter tripping up someone. The cake decorator was at a real disadvantage because there is no spell-check for pastries. And it’s confusing because “exercise” sounds the same, but has no “c.” Anyway, let’s look at more typos that occur with the vexing silent letter:
- Mathematics. You don’t hear the “e.”
- Jacquard. The “qu” is silent.
- Efficient. We don’t pronounce the “i.”
It’s too late for the baker above, but my advice stays the same for the future: when in doubt, consult the dictionary and use your friends and relatives.
Happy reading and writing, my friends!
Sean C. Wright is the author of the short stories Bubble Bath Twelve, Hazel Hogan and Devil Does Dallas. She is also an editor. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.
Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to email@example.com. They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for the real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass, but to educate.