Silent letters occur in spelling but are not pronounced (and are therefore not cued). Words with silent letters can be useful examples for demonstrating the sometimes inconsistent relationship between English spelling and its pronunciation. These words can also be valuable for introductory lessons to remind students to think beyond spelling when cueing words.
bomb, bombing, climb, comb, crumb, debt, doubt, dumb, lamb, limb, numb, plumber, subtle, thumb, tomb.
fluorescent, indict, muscle, scent, science, scissors.
campaign, champagne, feign, foreign, gnash, gnaw, reign, resign, sign
daughter, fight, light, might, right, sight, though, thought, through, weigh, weight.
exhaust, honest, ghost, heir, herb, dishonest, honor, hour, rhythm, rhyme
business, cushion, fashion
knead, knee, kneel, knew, knife, knight, knock, knot, know, knowledge
almond, balm, calf, calm, colonel, could, embalm, folk, half, Lincoln, psalm, salmon, salve, should, solder, talk, walk, would, yolk
autumn, column, condemn, damn, solemn
corps, coup, cupboard, psalm, pterodactyl, psychiatry, psychology, raspberry, receipt
apropos, bourgeois, chablis, corps, debris, Illinois, island, isle, rendez-vous
ballet, buffet, castle, Christmas, nestle, rustle, thistle
answer, sword, two, who, whole, whose, wreath, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wrist, write, wrong