I have long wondered about silent letters and what brought them about.
Why have them, it is another character in a word that we dont need… and to some people it becomes a neusense when trying to spell… for example ‘subtle’; pronounced ‘suttle’. I
s it possible that the ancient civilisations that these words derived from pronounced the silent letter, and now we are too lazy to pronounce it in every day speech?
Or is there a different reason.?