Can we officially remove silent letters from English words to make it more consistent and save printer cost?


Yes it does makes sense. However, not only it would be difficult to erase all the silent letters from English, but I think we may lose a great deal culturally and linguistically by doing so (also don’t forget about the spelling bee participants!).

Silent letters though sometimes have no known use but often they,

:: may change the pronunciation of a nearby vowel (e.g.,  mop vs. mope,  at vs. ate). This often drastically changes the meaning, as you can see.

:: may indicate a word’s origin within another language and thereby give clues to its meaning  (e.g., the silent ‘p’ at the start of words like ‘psychology’ reminds us of the Greek origin of the word and the connection to the story of Cupid & Psyche, which hints at the meaning).

But instead of dealing this topic point blank, I am just going to put up a funny anonymous post which I came across many times while browsing www.


The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, “s” will be used instead of the soft “c.” Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard “c” will be replased with “k”. Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” will be replased by “f”. This will make words like fotograf” 20 persent shorter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent “e”s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” by “z” and “w” by ” v”.

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou”, and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.

Ze drem vil finali kum tru.

And after reading above quoted block, If you feel offended, congrats!. You have qualified ‘Grammar Nazi’ preliminaries 😛