SoCS — Please Be Silent

Okay, everyone, please be silent. I need you all to listen carefully and follow my instructions. I want the following individuals to go stand in front of the letter B: Debt, Doubt, and Subtle.

Now will Obscene, Scissors, and Scene move over to the letter C? And Wednesday, I need you to stand before the letter D.

Align, Assign, and Resign, head to the letter G. Gnaw and Gnome, please join them.

You all are doing great. Let’s have Echo, Scheme, School, and Weigh find your way to the letter H.

Knack, Knee, Knit, Kneel, and Knot, will you please stand by the letter K? Could and Would, would you mind, if you could, assembling under the letter L? Thanks.

Alrighty then, we’re making a lot of progress here. I’d like Autumn, Damn, Solemn, and Column to find your way to the letter N.

Pneumonia, Psychic, Pseudonym, and receipt, please move to the letter P.

Castle, Listen, Often, and Fasten, if you could find your way to the letter T, I’d appreciate it.

I’d like Build, Guitar, Guess, and Rogue to please make your way to the letter U.

And finally, Sword, Wrap, Wring, Wrong, and Wrist, I’d like you to go stand in front of the letter W.

Okay, everyone. You have each been selected because of your special characteristics. You will be participating in a very important job in the English as a Second Language class and your mission, as words with silent letters, is to really fuck with the heads of those poor, unsuspecting student who won’t know what hit them.

So be proud and go out there an wreak some havoc. No doubt your efforts will drive some of these folks psycho!


Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where Linda has asked us to choose a word that contains a silent letter and use it in our post, or write about words with silent letters in general.

33 thoughts on “SoCS — Please Be Silent

  1. Sadje September 10, 2022 / 3:08 am

    Haha! Hilarious. Perfectly summed up English language spellings

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  2. Nope, Not Pam September 10, 2022 / 4:15 am

    A very clever tale, I didn’t work it out at all 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 10, 2022 / 10:35 am

      I see what you did there! 🤣

      Like

  3. Julydase September 10, 2022 / 8:01 am

    I read somewhere that English (for a non-native speaker) is the hardest to learn. You’ve wittily pointed out some of the reasons why. 😆

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  4. J-Dub September 10, 2022 / 11:13 am

    Excellent post. Good for a chuckle too. Though I do feel bad for anyone trying to learn English as a second language.

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  5. Taswegian1957 September 10, 2022 / 7:13 pm

    I suspect that it’s not just the English as a second language students who struggle with this these days.

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  6. leigha66 September 11, 2022 / 11:18 pm

    I am so glad I learned English as my first language, because it IS confusing beyond words!

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