words with "ck".

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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    There are many words in English which have "ck" pronounced "k". Examples - black, block, clock, cricket, knickknack, chicken. Why is there a "c" preceding the "k" in these words?
     
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  3. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    Because spelling a word "blacc" or "blakk" would look dumb.

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  5. geordief Registered Senior Member

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    No expert but is it an indication /reflection of the fact that the preceding vowel is a short one?

    I found this:

    https://pronuncian.com/podcasts/episode107

    None of those "rules" are set in stone(the "rules" evolve along with the language they try to describe)
     
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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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  8. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    Thank you - DaveC reference was very enlightening.
     

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