K-nowledge - The silent K in EnglishDid you K-now that the silent K in words like K-nee and K-nickK-nack was actually pronounced in Old English. For some reason however, people could not get the K-nack of pronouncing the K as well as the N. So the K sound got K-nocked off.

People got all K-notted up and tongue tied when they tried to say what they K-new about K-nives and K-nitting. The K-now-it-alls of the time tried to keep the K, but even the K-nights were dropping their K’s so it was the death K-nell of the pronounced K.

Many of the K-naves had dropped it well before, as they K-nuckled down to K-neeling for the kings and queens as they just got their tongues in K-nots.

Even scholars who were thirsty for K-nowledge starting dropping their Ks as did the bakers when they K-neaded their bread. All the Ks were taken off door K-nobs at around the same time. However, nobody really K-nows why. Maybe they were tired of K-nocking on the door with their K-nuckles. Who K-nows?

Over time every little K-noll had its K removed. Even today, we have turned up our noses at K-napsacks because we couldn’t get the K-nack of using the word.

So now we K-now that the redundant K disappeared with the K-nights in shining armour. Never to be heard of again.

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4 thoughts on “K-nowledge

  • 06/05/2010 at 12:52 am
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    Hi Derek,
    I did not k-now this fact.
    I am about to go outside in my k-nickers and k-neel on the grass and plant flowers.
    I really should dust my k-nick k-nacks tonight as well.
    You really do learn something new everyday!
    Thank you for posting this interesting fact and for keeping your wonderful blog alive.

  • 06/05/2010 at 3:08 am
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    I haven't heard of this before…. this is something I will have to remember to talk to my mother about. She was an English teacher and enjoys facts like this. Love kcsfann's comments!

  • 06/05/2010 at 6:43 am
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    Aha! there is a point when k-nowing turns to k-new … but you can't row a k-new.

  • 04/01/2011 at 10:06 pm
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    Love this! It'd be fun to publish a series of this sort of thing :)

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