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AnonymFeb 7, 2013

Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?

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    Feb 7, 2013

    Many of our words come from latin and greek languages - and they are spelled the way they are because of their origins. The phonograms in the word, "phonetic", are "ph", "o", "n", "e", "t', "i" and "c". The phonogram, "ph" only has one sound which happens to be the same as the phonogram, "f". The phonogram, "c" has two sounds, the first being a hard sound like "k" and the second being a soft sound like, "s". The rules of position governing "c" are that it only makes its second sound when followed by "e", "i" or "y". So, when one has knowledge of the basic 75 phonograms in English, one can easily see that the word, "phonetic" is, in fact, spelt the way it sounds.

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