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Words with a Silent B

Based on the definitions, guess these words that have a silent B.
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First submittedAugust 17, 2013
Last updatedFebruary 16, 2018
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Definition
Word
Young sheep
Lamb
To ascend
Climb
Without the ability to feel
Numb
A small piece of bread that breaks off
Crumb
Lead ball on a string used to test verticality
Plumb
Burial vault
Tomb
Uterus
Womb
Vertical parts of a doorframe
Jamb
Subterranean tunnel system once
used as a cemetery
Catacomb
Definition
Word
The opposite of certainty
Doubt
Arm or leg, for example
Limb
Money owed
Debt
Mute
Dumb
Not obvious
Subtle
Hexagonal cells made by bees
Honeycomb
To fail disastrously at the box office
Bomb
"Foot" of verse with one stressed syllable
and one unstressed syllable
Iamb
To yield to desire
Succumb
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level 51
Sep 25, 2013
I would think a different clue for 'bomb' might be more effective. The only word I could think of was 'flop', which obviously doesn't fit. Good quiz, though.
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level 61
Sep 25, 2013
I was just about to say the same thing when I read your comment. I have hear bomb used in this context before, but it is hardly a clear answer for the question.
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level 57
Sep 26, 2013
Agreed. I thought "flop."
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level 75
Nov 26, 2015
I think it's an adequate clue. It didn't give me any grief.
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level 72
Sep 18, 2017
It's not the most obvious definition, but it is indeed one ... and who said all answers had to be easy or obvious? Would take the fun/skill out of quizzes
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level 59
Sep 25, 2013
I could not tell the difference between a capital i and a lower case L. Iamb = iamb. I know very little about poetry.
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level 68
Sep 25, 2013
Got them all apart from the poetry one which I thought said Lamb until I read the comment above.
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level 61
Mar 10, 2017
As in "iambic pentameter." Whatever that means. However the b is pronounced in that situation.
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level 72
Sep 18, 2017
Didn't understand the clue, and iambic pentameter was all I could think of ... which has a non-silent b as you say; if only I'd have started typing it!
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level 52
Oct 3, 2018
i got lucky, unlike chip, i went for iambic even though i heard the b
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level 43
Sep 26, 2013
Got them all except jamb. Good quiz.
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level 63
Dec 13, 2013
I would love to see a change in the description for dumb - that is a bit on the offensive side these days - although I know many people know the antiquated term.
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level 75
Nov 26, 2015
I would love to see questions on Jetpunk stay free of discriminatory language and ableist slurs. I hope the clue stays the way it is.
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level 61
Mar 10, 2017
OK, now we can't use "dumb" for mute, and we can't use it for "stupid." Do we just retire a perfectly good word, or what? That's du---uh...I mean...
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level 71
Oct 23, 2018
No, blinky, because it's not exactly offensive to call someone "dumb" when you've already called them "stupid". They *mean the same thing*. They still do; it was Aristotle who ascribed dumbness to the deaf & verbally mute because he thought they were LITERALLY stupid. Only MUCH later did "dumb" take on the attemptedly more benign meaning of "silent". Except that the deaf and those who cannot vocalize in the way hearing people can are not free of language by any stretch of the imagination (nor are they even technically "mute"). So even "dumb" as "silent" manages to be offensive. ~~•~~ Just because a word was in common use for a period of time does not make it a knee-jerk, special snowflake overreaction to retire it. You think we should bring back the n-word because it was common parlance? Besides, nobody is saying don't use the word "dumb". Feel free to use it as the synonym to stupid that it is. Just don't use "dumb" to refer to the deaf and hard of hearing, because we're not.
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level 71
Oct 23, 2018
Addendum: I'd be delighted if this question was changed, Quizmaster. The issue is personal to me, as I'm hard of hearing and will likely eventually lose a good chunk of my hearing. I became, totally coincidentally, involved with the Deaf & ASL community long before my own hearing started to show signs of damage. ~~*~~ However, backtracking here and trying to figure out how this evolved: was there a previous clue before "mute" that was complained about? If there was and the clue was "stupid", then I apologize to blinky and agree with them on the "stupid" part (although not the "mute" part). I don't see how dumb or stupid can be considered offensive or ableist when they are only referring to each other. Did I miss something?
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level 63
Feb 8, 2019
Words and their meaning evolve over time. Language is fluid.

We no longer refer to individuals with down syndrome as being "mongoloid" or children of biracial parents as being "mulatto" even though both those terms were at one time accepted. They're now considered to be pejorative and offensive. So too is the word "dumb" to describe someone who doesn't speak.
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level 55
Aug 18, 2014
I put just comb.
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level 60
Dec 21, 2015
I pronounce the b in all these words except doubt, debt and subtle. Perhaps its the dialect in the part of the world I live in (American midwest) but this quiz surprised me.
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level 74
Feb 25, 2016
Perhaps you should take the B out of "Schmib". That might help.
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level 76
Jul 28, 2016
I grew up in the American midwest and never heard these B's pronounced.
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level 79
Sep 30, 2018
Same. I lived in three different parts of the Midwest and never heard it in any of them.
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level 61
Mar 10, 2017
You say "lam-ba" and "bom-ba"? Hahahahahahahah!!!
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level 52
Oct 3, 2018
is your nickname pronounced schmeeeeeeeeeeeeee ?
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level 71
Sep 17, 2017
I thought that the lead ball is called a "plumb bob". Surely "plumb" alone is a verb and has nothing to do with the lead ball (except that this is used to plumb.
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level 67
Sep 17, 2017
I think the Plumb in this case comes from Lead the element, as in Plumbum. The Plumb Bob was really a lead piece on a string that was used to give a vertical drop line. Plumber comes from the same word (they used to work in lead) It is not always easy to find the correct grammar for questions when making a quiz, but as long as everyone knows what is meant by the question it has fulfilled it's mission.
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level 53
Feb 8, 2019
But, ahah, you came up with a silent B word that was missed in the quiz - plumber!!
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level 67
Feb 8, 2019
"Plumb" can also be used as a noun, meaning the same thing as "plumb bob."
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level 79
Sep 30, 2018
You can also succumb to other things, like disease.
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level 49
Feb 8, 2019
Not obvious is doubtful, is it not? Subtle is fine but doubtful should be allowed.
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level 59
Feb 8, 2019
Your describing a Plumb Bob. Plumb alone doe fit your description. If you had "_________ Bob" then it would be more accurate.
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level 67
Feb 8, 2019
According to all the dictionaries I'm looking at, it's fine how it is.
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level 65
Feb 8, 2019
Wow, so many words I have apparently pronounced wrong.