Words with silent letters that trip up writers

Many communicators are confident spellers, but some words defy logic. Here are a handful that warrant a second look when writing or editing.

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As writers and editors (and PR Daily readers), most communicators are all above-average spellers.

You’re the one others call for spelling advice. You’re the one who correct what the spell-checker has mangled. You’re also the one who remembers the spelling rules you learned in second grade.

Yet, sometimes even you can get stumped and stunned by spelling. That’s how you spell that word?

For the incredulous among us, below are 23 words that trick even confident spellers with silent letters and other quirks.

1. Aplomb — self-confidence

2. Acquiesce — to give in

3. Apropos — appropriate

4. Awry — not as expected

5. Baguette — a long, narrow loaf of bread

6. Catarrh — inflammation of the nose and throat

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